- September 19, 2017 at 11:25 am #1642566
lilith7MemberMember since: April 9, 2017
“Malnutrition is putting twice as many kids in hospital compared with 10 years ago, as food prices continue to bite into household incomes.
Child hospitalisation data shows around 120 children a year now have overnight stays due to nutritional deficiencies and anaemia, compared to an average 60 a decade ago.
Doctors say poor nutrition is also a factor in a significant proportion of the rest of the 40,000 annual child hospitalisations linked to poverty – and that vitamin deficiencies are more common in New Zealand compared to similar countries.
“Housing, stress and nutrition – it’s all tied together,” said pediatrician Dr Nikki Turner, from the Child Poverty Action Group. “If you want to eat nutritiously on a low-income it’s difficult, and that means you’re more likely to get sick and stay sick for longer.”
The new health data comes as food prices continue to rise, with the consumer price index last week indicating food costs were up 2.3 per cent on a year ago. At the same time, income in the poorest third of households has remained flat since 1982
An Australian paper has suggested that “food stress” is believed to be experienced when more than 30 per cent of income is spent on groceries.
In practice, “food stress” means increasing reliance on food banks, charities, cheap “fillers” like white bread and noodles, or simply going without.
New Zealand rates of iron deficiency are twice as high as Europe, the UK and Australia, he said, and Vitamin D deficiency was higher than the USA, because our food lacked nutrients.
However, New Zealand diets were also energy rich, meaning children could be both undernourished and obese – a situation that was not improving.
Child Poverty Action Group’s Turner said contrary to popular opinion, it wasn’t an issue of poor budgeting causing the problem
“Low income families are not wasting money any more than anyone else, but it just doesn’t stretch far enough,” she said.
The University of Otago 2016 Food Survey estimates the basic weekly food cost for a man is $64 per week. For a woman it’s $55, and a 5-year-old is $40.
Research at the Auckland City Mission found families coming for food parcels have an average $24 per person each week for all groceries. That’s around $3.50 a day.
However, Massey University PhD candidate Rebekah Graham, who researches food insecurity, said some people had even less – such as one woman who had only $25 a week for herself and two children.
The food she bought – tinned fruit, bacon-and-egg pies, noodles – was barely enough to meet the family’s food requirements. Despite that, the woman still bought a cake as a gift for friend suffering a bereavement.
Graham’s research found families frequently had to make terrible choices to survive. One woman, surviving on $1 loaves of white bread, was unable to produce enough milk to feed her baby. Others put off urgent dental work. She also heard of people taking sleeping pills on a Friday so they could sleep through the weekend and not have to pay for food.
Chief executive of Variety, the Children’s Charity, Lorraine Taylor said food was always the first thing to go if families needed something – whether that was school uniforms or doctor’s bills. They also heard of parents not eating to feed their kids.”
Just fabulous. Those responsible must be well pleased with their work.
It took 30 odd years of greed based neo lib policies,but they got there in the end.
19th century conditions or very close to it in work,housing & now,health. Children’s health.
But the neo libs don’t mind. As long as its not their kids,eh. I expect it’ll be kids up chimneys & down coalmines again any minute now;make the idle little bu**ers work – that’ll teach ’em for choosing poverty eh.
This really is evil – there just isn’t any other word for it. Evil. 😡
And the worst of it is that,despite all evidence to the contrary,there will still be those who blame the parents,who will not look at the actual causes because that would mean acknowledging the damage that’s been done to our once egalitarian country by greedy,divisive & abhorrent neo liberalism.
is this still NZ?September 19, 2017 at 5:37 pm #1642674
arandarMemberMember since: November 23, 2009
Yes Lilith it is. It is the NZ carefully and deliberately remade in the image of the US so venerated by neo-liberal conservatives.
5 hrs and 41 minutes and no one till now has had anything to say about this.
I have just come back from Patrol. We’d received a report of a vehicle being driven in a suspicious manner. We got a description, no rego sadly. And no sign of it. We’ll probably go out again tonight. It’s thought a known burglar was one of the two up. Anyway, I guess we’ll be back out again late tonight.
That’s my reason for not jumping into Lilith’s post to express my disgust, shame and determination to vote the people responsible for this OUT.
Housing is too expensive for people on low or fixed incomes and good nutritious food is too expensive as well. We pay more here for NZgrown meat, milk, cheese, fruit and veg than they fetch overseas.
Those are problems a compassionate, progressive govt could have done something about. Could have, should have, didn’t.
Men are dying from prostate cancer who could have, should have been treated much earlier.
People are losing their sight who could have, should have been treated earlier.
This is as shameful as it gets people in my opinion.
or not? Have we a way to go yet, do you think?
🌊Arandar🏄🏽♀️September 19, 2017 at 7:37 pm #1642691
gabyoneMemberMember since: November 13, 2008
It is a disgrace but sadly the ” I am all right” mentality does not allow many better off folk to even try & understand what it is like to be in bottom 10% of income.
Grownups discussions are so predictable and some refuse to have any discussion that is not an attempt to discredit some one else’s opinion.
Personally I am tired of the same old fights being fought with no real regard for the mess this country is in. So I for one rarely bother to contribute and run the risk of being given a particular label.
Just for the record I will not be lining up to cast an early vote because this swinging voter is struggling to make a decision.
Gabyone Auckland regionSeptember 19, 2017 at 7:41 pm #1642692
lilith7 – arandar
Myself and six brothers stem from that situation
we would have septic sores from malnutrition and would be dresctibed tins of malt as a remady, still love malt.
we have all done well through life from living through that and could endure any further hard times if they came about.
still to this day I watch my penies, never waste food, and will be very critical of local authorities spending on frivilous issues outside of their core functions
As kids we were unaware of the poverty we lived and wasn’t an issue but what we experienced carried us well through later life.September 19, 2017 at 9:31 pm #1642702
sir-nigel-gresleyMemberMember since: January 10, 2017
I’ve seen this article on the news. Commenting on here does what good? To inform people that don’t watch or listen to the news. I think the few regulars on here do, and some work in areas where they see these problems everyday.
I am struggling to make a decision too gabyone. Do we vote for the devil we know, or the devil we don’t know? The known or the unknown – somewhere in between? Scary stuff. 😐
Happy ValleySeptember 20, 2017 at 5:47 am #1642712
Where is your strength of chacter?September 20, 2017 at 7:43 am #1642713
gabyoneMemberMember since: November 13, 2008
My strength of character is all used up by my volunteer work where I constantly witness the truth about the appalling poverty that some families suffer in our area.
What do I see on G/ups ? A whole lot tit for tat rubbish posts aimed at discrediting any party the poster does not support.
There are some very myopic posters on this site who rather post about the past than investigate any ideas to improve the lot of low income NZers of today.
Any younger readers of this site could be forgiven for thinking many posters on here appear to a pack of greedy old people, who prefer to ignore the plight of others.
NZ was once a country that had largely eliminated the poverty of our youth. But now the comfortable folk appear little interested in the plight of children in poverty. All important to many is the interest of denying poverty so that there is no need for them to contribute to solution.
Gabyone Auckland regionSeptember 20, 2017 at 7:47 am #1642714
huiatahiMemberMember since: March 22, 2017
Well said Gaby…..The greedy have no time for the needy.
huiatahiSeptember 20, 2017 at 11:41 am #1642765
lilith7MemberMember since: April 9, 2017
Poverty today is rather different to that of the past. Many of our generation grew up in poor circumstances,hearing tales of the depression lived through by grandparents when things had been even worse. And as a result,most of us are excellent budgeters,having grown up with the words ‘waste not,want not,ringing in our ears – to this day, I can’t abide waste & pinch pennies till they screech.
What some are having to cope with now is different in that its the deliberate result of neo lib policies over 30 odd years.
And its different because it includes othering;which imo is a damaging & very dangerous tactic. Back in the day when we were growing up,people helped each other out more than it seems people do or perhaps,can,now. Probably because those times didn’t need both parents to work, & work such long hours for such low pay.
These days,poor people are often looked down,sneered at & considered to be the authors of their own misfortune. Complaints about their diet are often met with the Muriel Newman school of cookery,(which can apparently feed an entire suburb on a brussel sprout & two peas!) claiming that ‘poor people’ can’t cook/don’t know about nutritious food. And its true that some don’t,but those comments are usually made by those who are among the sneerers,to imply that none of those on low incomes can.
It really does need to stop,the othering must be somehow reversed before it does further damage;the children of the poor are going to grow up one of these days.September 20, 2017 at 3:35 pm #1642797
Needless to say I don’t agree with all that you say after all, it only your opinion.
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