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Families in dire straits
People in our community are really
hurting. They can't afford to go to the
doctor, so they stay sick.
Centre budget adviser
By CLAIRE HAMLIN
Working people who can t make ends
meet are increasingly seeking budgeting
help from the Napier Family Centre.
Centre budget adviser Tania, who does
not want her last name used, has worked
in the field for nine years and says her
workload is becoming more complex.
The cost of living has skyrocketed and
while in previous years we ve seen a high
ratio of beneficiaries, it s now working
people with income, even good income,
who are struggling to make ends meet.
And if one financial thing goes wrong,
there s a trickle-down effect.
The family centre is a wraparound
service and I find I m now referring
people to counselling or family support
services, because financial hardship
creates a lot of stress.
Families who are struggling are shy
and they don t want people knowing their
business and it often takes a lot of cour-
age to accept they need help and come to
a budget adviser.
I tell them it s about prioritising their
money -- a roof over your head, power,
food and phone -- but many of them don t
have enough even for that.
Tania says that while beneficiaries can
go to Work and Income to ask for help in
the form of emergency grants, there are
few options for those who fall outside
Some people are above the threshold
for WINZ assistance by only a few cents
and the government legislation is very
tight so those people are, essentially, left
out in the cold.
I find I m negotiating a lot with power
companies and banks, Tania says.
A couple of the banks are starting to
work with us because they realise if they
foreclose, they won t get anything, so it s
best if they soften their stance on mort-
People in our community are really
hurting. They can t afford to go to the
doctor, so they stay sick. They are driving
cars with no warrant of fitness or regis-
tration, so court fines are compounding
There s a lot of anger out there and
often, when you ve got to the bottom, it s
very difficult to find your way up again.
It s tough for people who have worked
hard all their lives and they feel
degraded by having to go to WINZ.
Some days I find it difficult to leave
my work at work as people s stories can
be so affecting.
But on the other hand we do have
success stories and that s what keeps me
to the day
Many schools now offer breakfast to pupils to
help them start the day.
At Tamatea Primary School, pupils, staff
and some parents have breakfast together on
a Friday morning and principal Wiremu
Pearson says it provides a hearty start to the
day and supports learning.
Out of a roll of 180, we have around 120
who turn up every week and many of those
children would not have had breakfast at
We have to watch the amount that some of
them eat and it s possible that those are the
ones whose families are under financial
We only have a breakfast once a week but
there are many schools who do it every day,
so they can be sure that the children are in
the best possible shape to learn.
A food bank drive
collecting for Napier fami-
lies facing financial dis-
tress is being held this
weekend at Countdown
supermarket s Carlyle St
List MP Stuart Nash said
he was organising the
drive in response to an
increasing number of
people visiting his office in
need of help.
The reports are all over
the media too -- people in
Napier are struggling to
make ends meet.
I wanted to act quickly
in a meaningful way to try
and give some families
The food bank drive is
on from 10am till noon
Saturday and Sunday.
All donations will be
divided between the
Napier Foodbank and the
Anyone willing to assist
can contact 06 835 7428 or
End of Sunday roasts?
Family firm: Rob Downey and his dad Bill of Downey's City
Farmers are smiling as the price of lamb
hits record highs but in town its another
hit on shoppers wallets.
Some butchers report sales of lamb have
So while cockies rejoice at getting more
than $200 a head for prime lambs at the
Stortford Lodge saleyards, the result is a
leg of lamb costs $50. The Sunday roast
has become unaffordable for most.
It s madness, says Rob Downey of
Napier s Downey s City Butchery.
He s done his best to ride it out and
hold his prices.
People are definitely watching what
they re spending. You can put your prices
up but you may lose your clientele.
Adding to the price of meat in Hawke s
Bay is the lack of an abattoir to kill for the
Hawke s Bay lambs are trucked out of
the district for slaughter and the rising
cost of petrol has seen freight costs rise
When Downeys stopped buying its
lambs at Stortford Lodge in 2008 it was
costing $4 a head to freight lambs to
Affco s Whanganui works and $4 to get
It just got too dear, so now Downeys
buys its carcasses wholesale from Affco.
There has been a City Butchery on the
corner of McGrath and Kinross White
streets in Napier South since before the
turn of the 19th century.
Rob and wife Lucy took over five years
ago from Rob s dad Bill, who bought the
business in 1965.
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