Dear Editor, I have had two conversations with two different people this week who tested positive for Covid but did not isolate or report themselves to Te Marae Ora.
When I asked them why not, both had very similar stories to tell. One in particular: their entire family was in isolation, except this one person who was needed to get food and supplies to them.
person was also needed to run the family market stall on Saturday, because with
everyone in isolation this was their only source of income. I said, “But you
would have got the wage subsidy, right?”. Their reply was that they had tried
and tried. And tried! They have a solid business and always pay their taxes.
They were badly affected by the border closures. But after months and months of
wrangling and back and forth with RMD (Revenue Management Division), they gave
up. They said RMD was treating them like they were liars, and making things
very difficult for them. In the interests of self-preservation and sanity the business
owners gave up. They are going to NZ to work … their resources here are
exhausted and there is no more money to borrow from family and friends.
all know people who have waited for months and months for their wage subsidies.
Hardworking people that are struggling to make ends meet and who are entitled
to help. They meet the guidelines set for assistance. We all know someone with
a story where they are made to feel uncomfortable to the point of being
dishonest by public service officials acting like they are doing these
people a favour. I wonder how many more people are suffering in silence for
fear of not getting their entitlement. People need to speak up!
sure it doesn't need to be pointed out that these public service officials
are on full pay. They are by all accounts looked after very well by their
employer, our government. I even heard a story of a department being given $600
each to go and stock up before Omicron hit! What a sweet luxury.
public service has developed a laconic and arrogant approach to their role. Happily,
not going to work because there’s nothing to do or some reportedly closing
their offices and not bothering to tell anyone. Seemingly unrestrained. Of
course, this criticism doesn’t apply to those at the coal face of public health
and their families are leaving and many won’t come back. Now we have special
airfares for workers to fly direct from Fiji to replace Cook Islanders who
public needs to have a vocal response that’s louder and clearer and broader
than that of the Chamber of Commerce or the Tourism Council.
to be upside down. The private and public sectors have become distinctly
different citizens. And we shouldn’t be, because we are all in the same
community. There has been a lot said about how much the government has spent to
support the private sector through the pandemic. This is our money, it is not
money has come from everyone, and it is not some government largesse, which the
government (it seems) might like us to think. It’s the government’s role to
manage our resources properly.
public service needs to be doing just that.
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read with interest the letter regarding our major communication supplier. All
these monopolies need to be regulated. Another one that needs controlling is
Air New Zealand. One-way airfares over Easter is $800 to $900 – this is appalling.
So, from eggs, communications to airline travel it appears that the Government
is totally unconcerned. Too busy looking at the manganese nodules on the