Over the weekend, I door-knocked in Ranui. Interesting feedback there. ECE teachers who are furious with National. Other houses where Maori voters told me they’ve come back to Labour.
And then there’s the other famiies, those struggling to make ends meet, doing their best to find work. I met a couple yesterday. The wife was made redundant in 2010 with no redundancy pay. She’s looked and looked but has been unable to find another job. Then her husband lost his job too. He finally found work at the other end of Auckland stacking used tyres. He is paid $14 an hour, and getting to work costs him $100 a week in petrol costs. Awful job and inevitably he was injured. ACC paid him 80% of $14 an hour, which meant a real struggle to pay the mortgage. So he’s gone back to work – before he should. ACC told him to do “light duties” – well there are none at this workplace. The wife told me that “some days we eat, some days we don’t.”
This is John Key and the National Government’s New Zealand.