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.