Treat our deprived better

LETTER

I’m a wee confused as to why poor people who need to visit Work and Income NZ for assistance have to produce at least two IDs. The courts have metal detectors, so why can’t Winz? I understand they need to have a prior appointment as well.

I would like to see our deprived being treated a lot better than this. If you have no food and are under threat of eviction because your landlord decided to sell your home, it’s not good enough to be stopped at the door. It’s not good enough to be sent away to wait on your phone for substantial periods of time so you can get an appointment in a week’s time.

If the purpose is to prevent a violent incident like the one in Ashburton, someone seems to have forgotten about the safety and wellbeing of the security guards who need to implement this policy. You don’t need to be inside to do them harm. It’s also interesting that those who rip the NZ taxpayer off for millions, and could be thieves, drug importers, terrorists, criminals and money launderers, are not expected to provide ID when they put their money into a secret foreign trust in New Zealand. It is time our government started to prioritise NZers.

Mary-Ann De Kort

I’m a wee confused as to why poor people who need to visit Work and Income NZ for assistance have to produce at least two IDs. The courts have metal detectors, so why can’t Winz? I understand they need to have a prior appointment as well.

I would like to see our deprived being treated a lot better than this. If you have no food and are under threat of eviction because your landlord decided to sell your home, it’s not good enough to be stopped at the door. It’s not good enough to be sent away to wait on your phone for substantial periods of time so you can get an appointment in a week’s time.

If the purpose is to prevent a violent incident like the one in Ashburton, someone seems to have forgotten about the safety and wellbeing of the security guards who need to implement this policy. You don’t need to be inside to do them harm. It’s also interesting that those who rip the NZ taxpayer off for millions, and could be thieves, drug importers, terrorists, criminals and money launderers, are not expected to provide ID when they put their money into a secret foreign trust in New Zealand. It is time our government started to prioritise NZers.

Mary-Ann De Kort

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Wikitoria Howe - 9 months ago
Sooo right Mary Ann . . . our government is too busy kissing the bums of all those sorta people you named, that they have totally lost sight of who they are supposed to be looking after in the 1st place...NEW ZEALANDERS...gutless huas...

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