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Poverty, and its roots can be traced di­rectly back to Labour’s ‘‘Roger­nomics’’ pol­icy of 1987. Un­em­ploy­ment grew, rents and power got higher, peo­ple lost their homes, sold their cars, ben­e­fit rules got tighter and peo­ple be­came trapped in a poverty cy­cle. We have 280,000 chil­dren liv­ing be­low the poverty line and 40,000 ad­mit­ted to hospi­tal ev­ery year with pre­ventable ill­nesses. So what will I do if I’m elected to ad­dress poverty? Feed the Kids: Give ev­ery child a free break­fast and lunch at school ev­ery day. My bill al­ready has the sup­port of Labour, Greens, NZ First and the Maori Party, and the Sal­va­tion Army says we need to do some­thing now. House the Home­less: Build 2000 homes ev­ery year for low-in­come fam­i­lies. NZ First, Labour, Greens, Maori Party, Na­tional al­ready have sim­i­lar poli­cies, but Mana’s fo­cuses are on low-in­come fam­i­lies to ad­dress hous­ing, health, school­ing and other so­cial is­sues. Com­mu­nity Re­build: Put ev­ery­one back to work on com­mu­nity projects - the marae, the school, the com­mu­nity hall, neigh­bour­hoods, com­mu­nity gardens. It worked back in the 80’s when un­em­ploy­ment was high. It’s higher to­day. Peo­ple have been un­em­ployed too long - put them back to work and re­build our com­mu­ni­ties at the same time. Eco­nomic Re­gen­er­a­tion: The govern­ment to in­vest $50 mil­lion to help re­build the econ­omy in Tai Tok­erau to ad­dress the eco­nomic des­o­la­tion.

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