We all deserve a warm, affordable, and accessible place to call home. Whether we are renting or trying to buy, a home is a human right. It's time to talk about solutions that will make rents reasonable. Check out our ideas here: https://bit.ly/3udxmOS
Joe is a talented, funny, generous and caring person. Everyone in this beautiful country of ours should be able to live in dignity, and thrive. Joe's courage in telling his story should make us all stop and think: how much longer can we accept the focus on blame that blinds us to the systemic abuses that create inter-generational hardship. Joe's disability is not his 'fault'. As Joe says, "The way welfare is administered needs to change. People on benefits are as valuable as any other people, and if they thrive so does the community." The Welfare Expert Advisory Group made 42 recommendations to overhaul the welfare system in their report on the 3rd of May, 2019. Its time we did just that: overhaul the system. #PovertyActionPlan#EliminateHardship
Everyone has the right to decent housing. That's always been the position of the Green Party of Aotearoa New Zealand. Our parliamentary team got many things done in the last Government, but we need to do so much more to address the #HousingCrisis. We cannot pull people together on climate and biodiversity when they are at risk or vulnerable. "“We can’t wait for 50,000 more affordable homes to be built. People right now are having to make decisions between paying the rent and paying for kai or their power bill" - Marama Davidson MP. These proposals need to be considered if we want people to have access to homes, wellbeing, and to be able to live in dignity and participate in their communities. #HomesForAll
This May Day, it is rather telling that one of the public transport operators is not willing to respond to questions about paying its drivers the living wage. Good to hear that “Go Bus was supportive of paying its workers the living wage”. I would like the Otago Regional Council to only offer public transport operator contracts that support provision of the living wage, and enforce it as necessary. #LivingWageNow
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