Saturday, July 13, 2013

Begging to Beg

Unite Waitemata joined a protest  on 6th July against a proposed Council Ban on Begging outside Smith and Caugheys in Queen St Auckland.The Council , cheer-led by  former leftist councillor Mike Lee, is supporting calls from the heartless, rate- payer funded corporate body, "Heart of Auckland"; and  from  the  flash department store Smith and Caughey's who don't like beggars spoiling the view outside their  door.
It's not enough for the goverment to drive people and their families into destitution by sanctioning their benefits, leaving them with no income to feed their kids; now the Council wants to put the boot in by denying their human right to even beg!   Recent research in Australia shows that the majority of the homeless are single mothers with children.  Others may suffer illnesses, disabilities, or addictions.
If  starving people begging are deemed "offensive"  because they have made rich  people uncomfortable by looking too poor,  dirty, sick or untidy;  they could be fined or even imprisoned!

Communities Not Safe with Paula Bennett

Unite Waitemata and Auckland Action Against Poverty protested against Paula Bennett's"Safer Communities" meeting on 18th June. Two of our members who went inside were roughly expelled from the public meeting by police, one having a badly twisted harm- hardly an example of a "safe community!" Single parent families who don't get their kids to childcare,   and families of those who fail a drug test or  fail work tests are not "safe" when their benefits are halved or removed altogether! People with serious illnesses are not safe when they are forced off their sickness or invalids benefits by designated doctors to become "job seekers." Women forced to stay in violent relationships because they could not afford to leave are not "safe."

Friday, July 12, 2013

Join Now! Use this Membership Application Form

Join Waitemata Unite today! 
 Fight for the rights of the low paid, unemployed, and beneficiaries! 
We have different options for  branch membership
 according to what you can afford. 
We help all active members with problems with WINZ.
As a full Unite member you are entitled to many benefits including discounts,  cheap healthcare and free insurance.
 Copy /download the form, fill it in, put in an envelope, and either:

  •  Post  to our Secretary, 16 Parrs Cross Rd, Henderson, 
  • Email  in an attachment to;
  • Bring to a meeting, 11 am   the third Saturday of the month,  Avondale Community Centre, Rosebank Rd,  Auckland. 

    For more information
Tel/ Text Dave:  0272800080      Keith 8369104