Yesterday at 3pm Auckland Action Against Poverty organised a direct protest action. The action was aimed at the people attending the NationalParty summer fundraising party. Our message was clear. The punitive and inhumane treatment of beneficiaries imposed by this government needs to stop.Read More →
This morning I checked my emails and noticed I had received one from Grant Robinson.
That’s nice. Since the election I have had a lot of mail from Labour. They have gone Survey Monkey Mad. Understandable. Part of the autopsy process and strategic analysis for the future.
2014 was the year that the public finally started to discuss, define and question what the term ‘rape culture’ means here in Aotearoa. Somewhere amidst this discussion TV3 announced they were going ahead with the New Zealand production of The Bachelor.Read More →
If the hospitality industry in New Zealand recognises a lack of skilled positions, and this skill set incidentally includes waiting staff, why do they continue to pay such appalling wages?Read More →
Here’s to 2015. A time for us to take back our power and make a resolution to share the joint vision we have for a New Zealand where everyone gets time to enjoy the summer.Read More →
How can you dismiss the hundreds of people clamouring at the doors of the City Mission? How ignorant, uneducated and stupid do you have to be to see the queue outside the City Mission and still insist that those families, desperate enough to stand there for hours on end to get a food parcel and hopefully an emergency food grant, are on some kind of benefit gravy train.Read More →
Following the horrendous mishandling of the Sutton situation, I really thought we had reached peak 1950’s throw back sexism. I was wrong.Read More →
It’s been a disappointing year on the political front. It wasn’t just the election. There has been the effects of the welfare reforms, an increase in real poverty and the erosion of employment law…I could go on but it isn’t helping. Perhaps what would help is presents, a tree and a party and a letter to Santa. Or maybe I should cut out the middle man and send my requests directly to the parties concerned.Read More →
Under the current procedure once someone has been trespassed they aren’t just trespassed from the local office but they are trespassed from every office in the region. If you wish to challenge the trespass notice you have to go to court. The result is that a person trespassed then has to find someone who is willing to act as their agent or they use the remote service which is all done with no face to face contact, just through phone calls and emails.Read More →
In just one week a case that galvanised a nation into discussing rape culture is now being reframed as mischievous teen hi-jinx.Read More →
Having completed her BA in English and Politics, Kate is now starting her MA. Kate works as a volunteer advocate at Auckland Action Against Poverty and previously worked for the New Zealand Prostitutes Collective. Kate writes short stories. Her prose has been published in Landfall, Brief and Massive.Read More →
Time to Teach or more people will suffer from P.A.I.D. Political And Intellectual Dysmorphia.Read More →
Sunday was surreal. I went for a drive and ended up in a different country. It wasn’t intentional but those days of too many literally intertextual references seldom are. There is no doubt that the Sunday drive this week had shades of both Charles Dickens and Lewis Carroll. Of course it all started with that crazy episode of The Nation.Read More →