Poverty In New Zealand Campbell Live Show

John Campbell Interviews a Solo Dad On a Benefit:  March 6 2013

Our influential TV presenters are all becoming VERY socially aware individuals. .  Tonight, on New Zealand television Channel 3,  John Campbell had a follow-up story to last night’s one, where he had interviewed Dave Geddes and his family who have hit rock bottom.

I missed last night’s programme, because I watched Mark Sainsbury on Channel One, which was also very illuminating, hopefully for all our government officials too, who seem to be oblivious as to how the majority of New Zealanders are faring these days.

But the fact that our  TV commentators on New Zealand news are devoting so much time to high-lighting the difficulties of so many people in this country today,  is surely very encouraging.

On tonight’s programme, the generosity of New Zealanders towards Mr Dave Geddes and his family was simply overwhelming. Many people whose wages were on the bread line,  gave generously to the Geddes family.

Mark Sainsbury had a similar story of hardship last night: I just wonder if the same thing happened on Channel one tonight, that people gave generously to the poor woman who has breast cancer, and who has had to take a benefit.  Hopefully that was the case.  I wonder – was it co-incidence that these two stories of hardship appeared at the same time, on Channel One, and also on what used to be its opposition, Channel Three?

Child Abuse Being Addressed In New Zealand:  John Campbell tonight talked to Cherie Kurarangi Sweeney, the lady from Ngaruawahia who has been a prominent spokesperson against child abuse, since the last death of a baby in Ngaruawahia. Cherie’s outspoken-ness, and courage, have resulted in the Government making some plans to help prevent child abuse.  I believe that Cherie Kurarangi Sweeney is also bringing awareness of the issue of child abuse being linked to poverty and the break-down of family structures.

We also have a culture of violence in this country, which has mainly gone on unaddressed since the war, probably since the first settlers arrived, actually, until Sue Bradford, Helen Clark, and others, began to work on this issue.  Family violence here has been an accepted thing, not just in Maori communities, but in many European Christian families, being justified completely by the ‘spare the rod and spoil the child’, and the outright unforgiving and un-Christian ‘eye for an eye’ maxims. Children were ‘to be seen and not heard’, as my Grandfather used to say.

Cherie was labelled a ‘NARK’ by people in her community, when she spoke out against the violence in her community, but she persisted in her campaign to get people together for a local ‘hui’ to try and work things out for the better.

Cherie has a new meaning for the word  ‘NARK’:

Nations Advocates for Rights of Kids. I would vote for Cherie if she ever goes into politics, because  not only is her heart in the right place, with a huge amount of compassion:   she also has the organizational abilities, the social skills,  the language skills, and the integrity, to get good things done for all those who need help.

Read Merrilyn’s post entitled:  ‘Stop Sexual Abuse of Children and Fiona’s Story’


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