Posts Tagged ‘Poverty’

Slave trade and migrants fleeing poverty Comments 0

Monday, May 15th, 2017

Six months after Muhammed Yusuf had been sold, tortured and forced to watch as a friend died, he found himself back at the parched, dusty bus station where his ordeal began, facing the man who had made him a slave. Unembarrassed and unrepentant, the smuggler was still touting for business among the crowds flooding into Read more

Living in a tent is a step up for some Comments 0

Monday, May 15th, 2017
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Last week, in Sydney, a tent for rent was posted in a Facebook group Inner West Housemates a forum for anyone searching for a place to live in Sydney’s inner western suburbs. The tent, available for $130 a week, “Includes all bills and $100/week of communal food that you can add to at your leisure.” Read more

Money for giant Statue of Jesus better spent on the poor Comments 0

Monday, May 8th, 2017
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A Catholic bishop in Indonesia’s Papua province has criticised a plan by local authorities in Jayapura to build “the world’s tallest statue of Jesus”. The bishop called the move a waste of much-needed money. The statue, which would be built at the top of Puncak Gunung Swajah in the city of Jayapura, would cost somewhere Read more

Vatican tells UN: poverty is not caused by the population bomb Comments 0

Monday, April 10th, 2017

ROME – Talk of an “impending population bomb,” the Vatican’s representative to the United Nations said on Wednesday, has led to sometimes “draconian” policies, which ignore the complex nature of population growth. Filipino Archbishop Bernardito Auza, speaking to the UN’s Commission on Population and Development, said “differing regional and even country specific situations” need to Read more

Supermarket helping food waste collection Comments 0

Thursday, March 16th, 2017

Since 2011, Wellington-based Kiwi Community Assistance (KCA) has responded to local hunger by rescuing food that would otherwise go to waste. Last year KCA rescued in excess of 107,000kg of food from across New Zealand – a figure that is set to increase thanks to partnerships with three Countdown stores in the Tawa, Porirua and Read more

Former convent turned doss house in Grey Lynn on the market for $5m Comments 0

Monday, March 13th, 2017

A former convent in Grey Lynn, now in use as a boarding house for the poor, is on the market. The going price is over $5 million. This week the owner was served with notices from Auckland Council advising he is in breach of numerous serious health and safety regulations. Owner Rentyn Turner bought it Read more

Long-suffering, hurricane ravaged Haiti Comments 0

Tuesday, November 1st, 2016

The geographical distance between the richest country in the Western Hemisphere and the poorest is only about 700 miles. But the economic distance between the United States and Haiti is astronomical. Poverty certainly exists in the U.S., but the percentage and severity of poverty in Haiti is far worse. According to the U.N.’s World Food Read more

Rival gangs meet to discuss violence and poverty Comments 0

Friday, October 14th, 2016
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Black Power and Mongrel Mob members met in Wellington recently to discuss strategies towards making their communities safer and healthier. Mongrel Mob member Harry Tam has held eight similar hui across the island. Tam, a former policy analyst, had been involved with the Mongrel Mob since his teens. He worked alongside four other social workers Read more

Supermarket sets up new fund for food rescue Comments 0

Tuesday, September 6th, 2016

Kiwis struggling to feed their families are set to get a further helping hand from one of New Zealand’s largest supermarket chains. Countdown is setting aside $100,000 of its profits to create a contestable fund that will be available to food rescue operations. Currently the supermarket chain donates food that is still fit for consumption Read more

A caring country Comments 0

Friday, September 2nd, 2016
Joy Cowley

A friend who divides her time between New Zealand and the European country of her birth, says New Zealand is the most caring country in the world. “People look out for each other,” she says. “If someone falls in the street, people run to help them.” Her opinion may be fashioned by her own compassionate Read more