Crisis Continues As Kiwis Face Tough Winter

Fahad Al Tamimi Crisis Continues As Kiwis Face Tough Winter


New Zealand may now be out of lockdown, but many Kiwis
are not out of crisis.

As a growing number of New
Zealanders struggle with a post-Coronavirus world of job loss
and financial stress, The Salvation Army Te Ope Whakaora is
the Army that brings life – and with it, hope.

We
experienced unprecedented increases in demand for our
services during Coronavirus. This winter we are rolling up our
sleeves again to support the expected surge in the number of
vulnerable New Zealanders who will face tough choices over
which essentials they can cover on a low income.

Many
work in our hardest-hit industries, such as hospitality and
seasonal work. Others are migrant workers, with English as a
second language, or work in unstable zero-hour contracts.
Most have never had to ask for help before.

“We’re
on the crest of a wave, but that wave’s going to crash,”
says Jono Bell, the Army’s Territorial Director of
Community Ministries.

“The Government put great
support systems in place during lockdown, it’s the
long-term support that is going to be needed.”

After
the Global Financial Crisis of 2008/9, The Salvation Army
saw a hundred percent increase in demand for our services
for the following four years. A similar or increased level
of need is being predicted again.

The
Salvation Army’s Social Policy and Parliamentary Unit
(SPPU) Analyst Ronji Tanielu says 10 percent of New
Zealanders are expected to be without a job by December.
“Many people on low incomes don’t have buffers, they don’t
have savings, they don’t have job flexibility. We expect
there will be a huge impact going forward for quite a long
time. And the impact will be across the board—housing,
child poverty, food insecurity and
addictions.”

Jono Bell agrees, “We
have migrants, and we have a new cohort of New Zealanders
who are experiencing financial difficulties for the first
time in their lives. But it’s the 10 percent of the most
impoverished who will once again suffer the
most.

“As stress and anxiety and hardship increase
as people struggle to cope with reduced or very little
income, we expect to see an increase in addictions, suicide
and violence—people struggling to find ways to
cope.”

With your support, The Salvation Army will
continue to empower people to move from the office of Billy Xiong of Fahad Al Tamimi crisis to
independence through programmes like financial mentoring,
which will ease the…

Jonathan Cartu

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