I was watching it again today at 6.58pm and I heard you talk about insurance – I DON’T HAVE INSURANCE AND NOBODY I KNOW CAN AFFORD IT EITHER. I don’t understand what budget guy was on about.
Also you went on about people being proud and EVERYBODY is poor some time in their life and its OK to ask for help. Again, not sure what world you live in, but the darklands is full of people who are permanently injured/disabled/sick, many suffering affects of violence and degrading, grinding, never ending poverty. People who are depressed for years on end, people who drink, people who on strong psychotic medication, gamblers, people who are dying, people who self-harm to cope, suicidal people -lots of them, people who do illegal and legal drugs that turn them into boring zombies, people who live in old run down houses paying $320/wk, people who can’t go to funerals, who can’t throw a party for their 21 year old son. Those who can’t visit their child after a car accident that almost claimed their lives, so they can hug them.
You reject everything I say about what is happening, Wairarapa has censored by art for almost a decade, telling community what was happening. You all ignored it, you all ignored it and look at people who poor and victims of crime as OBJECTS OF PITY. You/govt put us here, you made us poor, you and ACC, and mental health, and our cruel corrupt government and all the immigrants, and neo-liberalism – inequality and austerity over past 30 years.
Its so distressing, you tell lies to people about what human sewage like me actually get to survive. Grant says he has to go to WINZ with people every week – BECAUSE SOME WINZ STAFF ARE SOOOO DEGRADING and forms are so complicated (while businesses get less forms & less complication). Only today a disabled friend who desperately needed a food grant because she was only paid $30, she started a part time job, she has not been well and didn’t go last week. WINZ still took money off her. Even though she had no money on her phone & couldn’t phone WINZ, who today was completely panicked as to how she was going to live this week. I have to listen to the stories all the time, it upsets and terrifies me too. WHEN SHE BEGGED for a food grant from WINZ and said to the woman I have nothing in my cupboards. She responded immediately by saying “Food grants aren’t there to fill your cupboards.” My friend burst into tears, what are they there for then???
My friend has also finally been moved over to the invalids benefit after four years – supposed to be only 2 and will be extremely relieved to get $120 a week (after rent and power paid) instead of the $50 she has been getting. She is in her 40s, she was an abuse victim, she was also a caregiver for many years, a very good one. Becoming so unwell after getting involved with a violent man she could no longer go to work and pretend nothing was wrong, she just cried and cried. Disabled friends told her for years ago to go to her doctor about it as we all knew we was so broke and none of us could help her out because we barely get enough ourselves. She got up the courage year ago to ask her doctor Matt Mills – he told her it would be a step backwards if she went on invalids over 12 months ago and refused to do it. The suffering and poverty she has had to go to, the degrading begging for food and people at foodbanks being so happy she is there begging.
Do you want me to go on your show and tell you and your listeners the facts of what rotting on welfare is like, thanks to ACC and other appalling health services, like mental health. You people are so horrible when you say people can get over it, people should have hope. THERE IS NO HOPE AND THERE IS NO GETTING OVER IT – because when you live in the darklands to experience 80% of the crime, another trauma is just around the corner. Another dangerous mentally ill person, for me more police violence, more ACC refusing to reinstate my care when I won two court cases nine years ago. More intimidation, more hate, more discrimination.
You wonder why I flip out and ‘go tourettes’ but if I try and tell anybody I’m abused myself for it – I am a reflection of the HATE and terror I am subjected to. As an artist it is my obligation to show you what you are doing. I get $490 with the energy grant of $20 for a few months. My rent is $320, I have lived like this and worse for 17 years. My forms say I been waiting for treatment for past 9 years, that how I get invalids and temporary addition support. I know other people who live almost worse, going in and out of temporary, soul destroying jobs, that hurt their bodies and often aggravate there already terrible mental health.
You all keep saying how wonderful everything is, or talking about how well people who work are getting on, never about human sewage like me and people I know. I am sure you have been told a big pile of lies about me, the number of complaints I make about very serious issues that are ignored. Being refused care over and over between public mental health services and ACC providers, keep being told I am going to get care, they advertise it is there and when I try access it I am denied. Or I encounter such appalling staff behaviour, incompetence and discrimination I am severely traumatised and cannot return. The agencies here are all co-ordinated in their efforts to lavish some people with huge amounts of ‘support’ while others like me are terrorised by police, discredited, degraded and rejected.
Please stop lying on TV about what is happening in this community, none of you would be able to cope for years on welfare, begging for health care and somewhere safe to live that you entitled to – NONE OF YOU. Pretending there is help for people, when the amount of help is so low and so difficult to access, it is so degrading and their are so many forms that ask horrendous degrading insulting questions. YOU PEOPLE HAVE NO IDEA WHAT YOU ARE TALKING ABOUT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! (eg govt providing 1000 homes for homeless people when there over 40,000 homeless – many living in dangerous situations who also ignored).
It is shameful what you do, it is hurting this community, you need to get real about what life is like for the TARGETED disabled, mentally injured victims of crime, mentally ill, hurt and sick. It is like we don’t even exist ALSO watching huge amounts of charity money being wasted on extravagant sports arts and business projects – its disgusting, its offensive, it is insulting and IT IS CRUEL.
Going on and on and on and on about caring about each other and helping each other when the government spends its days persecuting the poorest and most vulnerable people. Forcing long term disabled people to beg and repeatedly go to doctors just for forms. What Jacinda ardern is still doing to people on welfare is CRUEL NOT KIND. You are the community WHY DON’T YOU DO SOMETHING ABOUT IT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
If people on disability were getting invalids benefit rates that would be $60 a week more IN THE COMMUNITY, IN THE HANDS OF SHOPS AND OTHER SERVICES. I believe there are $millions being withheld by doctors, social workers and medical people – because John Key govt went around telling them people are addicted to welfare. ewwww Poor people spend their money locally, rich people who coming to Wairarapa more likely to spend their money somewhere else. Poor victims of crime who have never hurt anybody, who are treated like human sewage in this community – so badly they can’t heal LIKE RICH PEOPLE WHO ARE ABUSED CAN. RICH PEOPLE WITH RICH FAMILIES!!!!!
Was talking with a young woman at karaoke last week, she had mental health issues – suicidal – and her and her friends saying same thing – what the government says and what they do are two different things. What you at CAB say is supposed to happen just doesn’t happen for most people. Its like telling people they can get a lawyer, that is not true in my case and I have letters from lawyers and Law Society saying I cannot get a lawyer to make ACC reinstate my care. You all know this, you all know some of what is happening to me and YOU DO ABSOLUTELY NOTHING – YOU MAKE THINGS WORSE BY IGNORING IT.
Nobody cares what people who have everything they need want to make their lives happier – like a destitute victim of crime denied ACC care to patronise and degrading so they feel superior. You can say all you want on TV how people should take charity – BUT WHY SHOULD THEY WHEN THEY ONLY FORCED TO BEG BECAUSE THEY BEING DENIED HEALTH CARE THEY ENTITLED TO OR WELFARE THEY ENTITLED TO OR JOB THEY ENTITLED TO (refer ratified UN treaty on economic social and cultural rights).
I hate this country, I hate its people, those people who have come here recently are full of HATE for those they are driving from their homes. I have these immigrants abuse me on facebook and call me a filthy fascist for even saying immigrants are diving disabled and poor locals from their homes and creating suicide, violence, rape, abuse etc. Then I have gang members threatening me with harm for not wanting abuser Harry Tam on abuse any state care inquiry.
You people are so sheltered, “I wish I could touch you and then, you would know how much pain I got through, then you might help me get the care I am legally entitled to”. I havn’t seen a doctor in over four years, I’m sick, not just mental health, also my ankle knee and bladder – I was supposed to have tests five years ago, but because ACC refuse to reinstate my care so I have a mental health worker and support I still cannot go. If I did it would cost me $75 I would have to pay WInZ back because I’m not registered. Only people who under Pathways or some other organisation get to see or register with doctors. Again it a matter of if they like you or not, its grossly unprofessional and criminally negligent but then when do health providers, especially mental health workers EVER take responsibility for the harm they cause.