Research released last week that 600 000 New Zealanders require help from Food Banks each and every month highlights how enormous the cost of living crisis has crushed parts of our society while the property speculators sing and dance.
National’s policy takes from the poor and gives to rich landlords alongside punishing new sanctions against beneficiaries while ACT wants to target drug addicts and the disabled on welfare.
Māori are over represented in many of the worst social statistics and they will face the blunt trauma of these policies hardest.
We already have an underlying poverty, tax cuts for landlords and disconnecting welfare payments from continuous upgrades only serves to punish the poor, not help them.
How the Māori Party, Labour and Greens respond to this attack on the poorest and most vulnerable will set the tone for their new role in the Opposition.
With the Specials to yet be counted, it looks like National and ACT will require NZ First to form a Government, which could result in even more reactionary policy like designating all Gangs domestic terror groups which would spark a level of paramilitary policing most would be deeply ashamed of.
One would hope past all the yelling of the election that ACT/National and NZ First would step back from the abusive policy, but that is all the policy they have and the level of vitriol generated in this election has left angry reactionary voters demanding results.
Our poorest and weakest were used as a punching bag this election and they will suffer the injury as well as the insult after this election result.