Sign the petition to halt the process of " Welfare Reform" legislation.
  • Petitioned Paula Bennett Minister of Social Development and National Govt

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Paula Bennett Minister of Social Development and National Govt

Sign the petition to halt the process of " Welfare Reform" legislation.

    1. Sam Kuha Campaign
    2. Petition by

      Sam Kuha Campaign

      New Zealand

On the 14th September, I went on a hunger strike, initially for being refused food and LPG gas for cooking. I am now protesting against the harsh policies of your department that has left me and others like me in a no win situation, where children everyday go hungry.

Disability groups have said my situation is typical across the country. The Federation of Family Budgeting Services has also come out saying it’s “in talks” with WINZ about unnecessary referrals to its advisers - who in some areas have two month waiting lists. The Federation has received an extra twenty thousand clients in two years but without the necessary funding to cope.

My concerns are:
1. To meet with Paula Bennett face to face, so I can be assured you are fully aware of the concerns that I have raised.
2. Change the Process around giving food grants so that families in need are assisted when needed.
3. Give adequate support for people with disabilities.
4. Your department are not giving full information about my rights or what the Bill actually says and discretion isn't being used at all.
5. Remove stalling policies around food grants. Give food to families where and when it’s needed. Don’t make families jump through hoops to get it!
6. If I see recognition of this from the Minister, or some effort towards a remedy, I will stop my hunger strike.

Sam Kuha

Recent signatures


    1. Reached 250 signatures


    Reasons for signing

      • about 1 year ago

      National government is only concerned with the affluent and not about the everyday working person in New Zealand - common get real Mr Key create jobs, create a real country for all New Zealanders!!

    • natasha george LEVIN, NEW ZEALAND
      • almost 2 years ago

      all national government cares about is getting themselves ahead, they don't care that Innocent children are going without food in their stomachs or shoes on their feet while they are on ridicules salary's and making the rich richer and the poor poorer. it isnt the childrens fault that there arent many jobs out there at the moment so why should they be going without.

    • Josephine Prime MANUREWA, NEW ZEALAND
      • almost 2 years ago

      F we want a better future we need to nourish the present. F things were hard wen we were kids how hard is it now for these kds.

      • about 2 years ago

      Government can't end all these jobs and expect people just to be able to walk into another job when there are no jobs out there. they a have to realise if they are going to make it hard for work they are going to have to support those that they lay off.. it is all about profit, money, money and more money, not about the people who vote them in... you can't have your cake and eat it too. We go hungry a lot of the time, but we don't go and ask for help because it is too embarrassing and you feel real bad to ask for it, then you have to face the supermaket, it makes you feel like you are a bad person who can't organise your money right. This is not the case. We don't drink, smoke or do drugs, we don't go out for meals, or go to the pictures unless we are shouted. We just can not afford to have a life of any entertainment. This is not a life, years ago, we were on a low income family, and we were able to go out and do things. The benefit is not enough to exist on. We are forced to go onto benefits, and basically starve while the politicians live it up.

    • lorraine middlemiss DUNEDIN, NEW ZEALAND
      • about 2 years ago

      coz their is so many NZers like sam including myself


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