Posts Tagged ‘Poverty’

Homeless man gives money away Comments 0

Friday, May 15th, 2015

In a social experiment, YouTuber Yousef Saleh Erakat posed as a homeless man and tried to give out money to passers-by. The reactions to his generosity in this five-minute video are shockingly negative. One man in a suit and talking on a cell phone is offered money by the actor. He responds aggressively, swearing at Read more

Liberation Theology father likes ‘atmosphere’ under Francis Comments 0

Friday, May 15th, 2015
Gustavo Gutierrez resized

One of the founding fathers of Liberation Theology has acknowledged a clear “change in atmosphere” in the Church under Pope Francis. Fr Gustavo Gutiérrez said that with Francis it’s easier to push the global Church to have a special concern for the poor, “something we find in the Scriptures”. But the Peruvian theologian said there Read more

Salvation Army rejects buying state houses Comments 0

Tuesday, March 24th, 2015

The Salvation Army has decided against buying state houses off the Government, a blow the Labour Party says is “hugely embarrassing”. The decision came after a study to test its capacity to become a major social housing landlord. Prime Minister John Key confirmed earlier plans to go through the transfer in January. The plan is Read more

Shoe clinic donates shoes to the Wellington City Mission. Comments 0

Thursday, March 19th, 2015

More than 250 of Wellington’s most needy will have warm, dry feet this winter, thanks to a donation by Shoe Clinic to the Wellington City Mission. The shoes are nearly new, as they have been returned to Shoe Clinic under the store’s 30-day guarantee, and cannot be resold. This is the second year the Shoe Read more

Reducing expenditure by 1 Billion will hurt the vulnerable Comments 0

Tuesday, February 24th, 2015

Reducing expenditure by $1 billion per year for the next two years will limit the Government’s ability to make much-needed social investment in areas such as housing and family poverty, says Caritas Aotearoa New Zealand in a written submission to Parliament’s Finance and Expenditure Select Committee. Caritas Director Julianne Hickey says the agency supports the Read more

St Francis Trust to offer interest-free loans Comments 2

Tuesday, February 17th, 2015
St Francis Trust - Poverty in New Zealand

Supporting people to become financially independent is behind an initiative to provide Dunedin people with interest-free loans. The St Francis of Assisi Dunedin Trust has been formed to provide micro-loans to people in need of a helping hand, especially in a crisis situation. The initiative by a small group of Dunedin Catholics, was prompted by The Expert Advisory Read more

Selling state houses will reduce available accommodation – Caritas Comments 0

Friday, November 7th, 2014

“We are concerned that selling 20 per cent of state housing and possibly investing this capital away from social housing will reduce housing availability,” says Caritas  Aotearoa New Zealand Director Julianne Hickey. “This could further divide communities and reduce the security of low-income tenants, as we have already seen in communities like Pomare in Lower Hutt Read more

Pope says caring for poor doesn’t make him a communist Comments 0

Tuesday, November 4th, 2014

Pope Francis has said that caring about the world’s poor does not make him a communist. The Pope called on participants at the World Meeting of Popular Movements last week in Rome to attack the structural causes of poverty and to defend workers’ rights. In a six-page speech, Pope Francis lamented that “land, housing and Read more

Mother of 2 pays $375 a week for caravan park cabin Comments 0

Friday, October 31st, 2014

Mother-of-two Mandy pays $375 a week for the one-bedroom caravan park cabin she shares with her two children aged 10 and 12. They moved to Western Park Village in Ranui, west Auckland, at Christmas as a last resort. “I hate it here,” she said. “I want to move out, I want my own place. There’s Read more

Poverty on the rise in the Pacific region Comments 0

Tuesday, October 28th, 2014

For many visitors the Pacific Islands appear to be a paradise. The view from a high class resort however is not shared by many of the locals. Poverty is on the rise across the Pacific region, according to a recent report published by the United Nations Development Program (UNDP). An average of one in four Read more