Northern News : October 10th 2012
2 NORTHERN NEWS, OCTOBER 10, 2012 NEWS Editor Keri Molloy Ph 09 407 0050/09 405 2040 email: firstname.lastname@example.org Sports Jan Salmon Ph 09 407 0363 email: email@example.com Northern Regional Manager Lynne Popham Ph 09 405 2744 Kaikohe Ph 09 407 0361 Kerikeri email: firstname.lastname@example.org Advertising Craig Williams Ph 021 119 4043 email: email@example.com Classifieds Free ph 0800 022 812 Free fa x 0800 022 815 email: firstname.lastname@example.org or 09 405 2040 email: email@example.com 12 ,197 Audited Circulation (ABC for 12mths to 31 Dec 11) Delivered (each Wednesday) to Kaikohe, Okaihau, Ohaeawai, Moerewa, South and North Hokianga and Kaitaia. Rural areas include: Awanui RD 1. Kaikohe RD 1, 2, 3. Kaitaia RD 1, 2, 3(part), 4. Kawakawa RD 1, 2, 3. Kohukohu RD 1. Broadwood RD 2. Kohukohu RD 2. Okaihau RD 1, 2. Russell RD. Kaikohe Office: 60 Broadway, Kaikohe. P.O. Box 1, Kaikohe. Ph 09 405 2040 Fax 09 401 2129 Kerikeri Office: 93 Kerikeri Rd, Kerikeri. P.O. Box 392, Kerikeri. Ph 09 407 0050 Fax 09 407 0369 www.northernnews.co.nz Reporter Hamish MacLean Ph 09 407 0050/09 407 0368 email: firstname.lastname@example.org THE RIDGE CHILDCARE The Ridge Childcare 0-5yrs Taking enrolments NOW! Hurry, limited spaces available Oscar @ The Ridge 5-14yrs Phone Lynne 407 7333 322 Kerikeri Rd, Kerikeri 0230 Please feel free to call in and look around email@example.com 4849533AA Tom C Tyson Clinical Dental Technician No referral required All dentures crafted on our premises Repairs WINZ Quotes Insurance claims Eftpos & Visa Accepted REDWOODS DENTAL LABORATORY "where we make dentures" 1536 STATE HIGHWAY, 10 KERIKERI For appointment phone 09 4074251 Hunger striker fights for kids Rally against poverty: Kaikohe drew crowds on Friday for the Stop The War on the Poor! National Day of Action against welfare ''reforms''. Hunger strike: Sam Kuha, who is still on his hunger strike, leads the hikoi through Kaikohe for the national Stop the War on the Poor action.. A man on hunger strike in Kaikohe says that he is going to make the government as un- comfortable as he can for as long as he can, to have them think about the process by which people receive emergency food grants. Sam Kuha says he has stopped counting how many days he has been on his hunger strike. But since mid- September he has been going without food, to highlight the inefficiency of the current system by which people are sup- posed to receive their emergency food grants. He says he was refused an emergency food grant until he had been to a Work and Income budgeter, but he had attempted to do this and their staffing levels made it impossible to make an appointment to see one. "All of the budgeters are booked out and it doesn't matter where in the country you look, it's the same," Mr Kuha says. Workload and staff levels just don't meet up, he says. And that's caus- ing children in New Zea- land to go hungry. "What this is about is the process -- we get a certain amount for our emergency food in the course of each year, a set amount. What this pro- cess does is that after you've gone in for your third food voucher, they make you go through a budgeter for every one after. "They make you go to the budgeter every time -- that's why the bud- geters are so far behind." He says emergency food vouchers are issued in small increments and are not a part of the ben- efit scheme that could be abused. Mr Kuha, who is limited to life in a wheel- chair says that other invalids -- and import- antly children -- are being forced to go hungry. The political process is new to Mr Kuha. He says he's "never done any- thing like this before". "A lot has happened because of this, a lot of things are coming into line. A lot of positives," he says. He calls himself a "stubborn bugger" and admits he is no angel himself -- that he has not led the life of a saint, by any stretch, but that as long as there are chil- dren who are going hungry because of this process he "can't give this up" until he has to. "I'm not ready to give up yet.'' He is receiving support from all angles. The Mana Party has supported the political protest. But it is letters of sup- port that he has received from people who have been struggling with the same process and are unable to provide food for their children that has urged him on the most. He says that what started as a personal battle has become about the larger issue of hungry children who are, he says, victims of the same broken system. "Sooner or later Paula Bennett needs to come to terms with this," he says. He has so far been unable to organise a meeting with the social development minister. Those who wish to help can donate to: Feed the Whanau Funds, BNZ account number 022-0332-00191-83-000. Those who can prove they have been dealing with the same process as Mr Kuha -- and are going hungry -- can access the fund for money for food.
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