Wednesday, September 19, 2012

WINZ Board Members; Profits Before People.

Know our Enemy:  Work and Income Board members

From May 2012.. Note the strong business  emphasis of the group.  

A group like this  are  expert in ways to make  huge profits out of  welfare and low paid workers  such as :

-contracting out welfare to   private providers,
-getting people off benefits

-cutting benefits-forced childcare
-drug testing-"income management" - ie no money in the hand- for youth
-forcing the the extremely sick and dying, and mothers with babies onto the labour market-forced training for youth, even those with young babies
"work is good for you" philosophy; which in practice means extremely low wages (as in NZ) or slave labour (as in the UK and Australia.) 
-Forcing wages down by the fear of an even worse life on the dole.


Ms Paula Rebstock (Chair)  ( Note- Paula Rebstock has now quit this job and heads ACC instead.  ACC is notorious for denying people their entitlements.) 

Ms Rebstock was the Chair of the Welfare Working Group which reported to Ministers in February 2011. She is currently Deputy Chair of the New Zealand Railways Corporation, Chair of the Insurance and Savings Ombudsman Commission and a member of the Accident Compensation Corporation Board. Ms Rebstock was previously the Chair of the Commerce Commission and has expertise in governance, economic regulation, and labour market policy.
Dr Ian McPherson is the Chief Executive Officer of Southern Cross Healthcare Group. He holds a medical degree from Otago University and started his career in medicine with the Waikato Hospital Board. From 1982 to 1985, he worked for the International Red Cross as Medical Co-ordinator. He has been chief executive officer for New Zealand hospital boards and worked in the Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet and the Ministry of Health, advising on New Zealand health reform.
Professor Kathryn McPherson was a member of the Welfare Working Group. She is a Professor of Rehabilitation (Laura Fergusson Chair) at the Auckland University of Technology and is a Visiting Professor at the University of Southampton as well as at King's College London. Professor McPherson has a PhD from Edinburgh University and a background in nursing, midwifery and psychology. Professor McPherson will bring to the Board expertise in the rehabilitation for people with chronic and disabling conditions including strokes, rheumatoid arthritis, chronic pain or life threatening illness.
Mr Andrew Body is a member of the Crown Fibre Holdings Board, and has more than 20 years experience in business. He was a shareholder and Director of FR Partners until 2001. Mr Body brings strong financial skills to the Board.
Mr Reg Barrett is a Wellington based company director and business consultant involved in both the private and public sector. He held CEO positions spanning 13 years and has over 10 years executive experience in a range of business environments as well as 20 years experience as a member or chairman on a range of Boards. Mr Barrett brings governance and critical information technology skills to the Board.
Ms Debbie Packer (Ngāti Ruanui, Ngā Rauru) is a South Taranaki based company director and business consultant. She also has experience in both the private and public sector. She is a former Deputy Mayor of the South Taranaki District Council. She is a current member of the Minister of Māori Affairs and the Minister for Economic Development’s Independent Māori Economic Development Panel.

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