There are some more questions that should be asked here. For example, the loan repayments – what were the loans for? A big flash car – or car repairs? A big flash TV – or school uniforms? Ciggy’s and TAB – or shoes for the kids? If you owe money then you are living outside your means and need to look at your budgeting. It seems that learning to deny yourself wants in order to pay for needs is a skill lacking in many today.

On the other hand, I can’t imagine anyone spending only $30 a week on electricity.

From Kiwiblog today, this on the cost of breakfast

The cost of breakfast

June 1st, 2013 at 10:00 am by David Farrar

Stuff reports;

It can cost parents less than 50 cents a day to give their child breakfast, but principals say most families who send their children to school hungry cannot afford to feed them.

Really. I’d welcome one solid example of a family who can’t afford 40c a day for breakfast. By a solid example I mean full details of their income and expenditure.

But Hamilton beneficiary and mother-of-two, Ali, says she battles every week to put potatoes, rice and Weet-Bix on the table and petrol in the car with the $38 she has left after rent, bills and loan repayments.

The Waikato Times has found that a basic breakfast of Weet-Bix and milk, peanut butter on toast, or porridge costs between 20 and 39 cents a day per child – between $1.43 and $2.73 a week.

And the DPB pays $295 a week in the hand plus $157 family tax credit is $452 a week. Breakfast for two kids is $3 to $6 a week from that or around 1%.


$293 from Winz, plus $120 rent assistance.


$285 rent. $30 electricity. $60 loan repayments to the bank and people to whom she owes money.

$38 left for petrol, food and unplanned expenses.

They appear to have left out the $157 family tax credit. Did the reporter not ask, or does Ali not mention it, or has she failed to register for it?

One suggestion that I’ve seen is that the cost of feeding these children breakfast in school, should be covered by reducing the DPB by the same amount per week as it costs to provide the food. Which would mean that the taxpayer was not paying twice, as so often happens.

Just found this paragraph on the blog Thoughts from 40° South, which I think sums up how most kiwis feel about this:

Green Party leader Metiria Turei asks about the cartoons, “Does our country really hate us?”  My response to that, on another blog, is when you treat the rest of us like slaves who exist merely to serve you, are you really surprised?  The productive minority in this country, who pay all the taxes (17% of New Zealand households pay 97% of income taxes), are getting tired of being the milch cows for those who are not prepared to take responsibility for providing for the children that they bring into the world.  We have a right to be resentful and Al Nisbet was insightful and absolutely correct to express that sentiment.

5 thoughts on “The Cost of Breakfast

  1. I work. Love my job and good at it. Dont earn as much as I hoped but I live within my means.

    Would love SKY, but cant afford it. Would love a nice stereo, but I cant afford it. Would like many things, but cant afford them….so I dont have them. Easy.

    Taonga….things I find valuable that I think I am entitled to.

    If you are unemployed for any reason, you have many limited options. You maybe unemployed for a number of reasons including making yourself unemployable. No, I dont want to work with a so-called indigenous person that uses pigeon english, struts like he has soiled his pants, jeans around his groin and put up with his lingo like his bottom lip and tongue has had and overdose of botox in order assume a gangster persona.

    I would suggest that Maoridom, in order to milk the cash cow under the pretence of a sub-human category indigenous race has sold off their own race to feed those at the top of the pyramid. You cannot claim a grievance without victims….victims they will breed to ensure an ongoing cash supply.

    Yes, deduct the Govts contribution to feed their kids. Thats a must. A registry must be kept at school to show those parents who are struggling to provide the necessities of life to their children. Hand back the shiny mags on their car, SKY tv and all the flash gizmos. I cant afford them and I sure as hell dont want to finance any special races that think I must because of the colour of my own skin.

    Crazy, MANA, how can a race use that word knowing that its own people cannot survive in a modern world without being propped up continuously? Like Hone said ( named his party MANA), National has not gone far enough, they need lunch and dinner too. Lets get Purex on the game and wipe their bums too.

  2. Hear hear. Why dont they use some of the 36billion that taxpayers have given them on good faith only to find out that its all 1 big LIE
    Time the truth came out but has the media got the BALLS to run it?

    1. Im so sorry my sons have Maori blood. Really am. I hope they dont think the are sub-human like Maoridom demands they are.

  3. The truth is Ali did not mention the family tax credit, like so many others she thinks she is owed a living. i come from Rotorua and there are families there in to their 3rd generation of welfare dependence, you give them breakfast, they will want lunch, you give them lunch they will want 3 meals a day from a menu, a 2 litre bottle of milk and large box of weetbix is around 5 to 6 dollars, that would do 4 kids breakfast for 7 days, if you cant get that together for your children you should not have them.

  4. Once again it is the tax payer that has to pick up the tab for the citizens of New Zealand that choose to produce children and make a career through living on the DPB and then because of their bad choices have to go to loan sharks to get loans that they cant afford to repay and then in turn send their kids to school with no food in their stomachs.It seems to me until us hard working tax paying citizens that are just expected to prop up the lower socio economic scale of our communities step up and make a stand,this will continue for decades to come.In turn sending the governments of the day to continue to borrow overseas funds to support our kiwi lifestyle where if you do not want to work to support your family then that is ok and it is also ok to put your hand up and say,gee it is so hard to survive and can you tax payers also fund breakfasts in schools as our kids are hungary.What a joke.Rise up all you fellow tax payers,as the self appointed Bishop Tamaki,who i must mention is a part Maori would say “ENOUGH IS ENOUGH”.Not that i am a supporter of “Mr”…. not…”Bishop”..Tamaki.

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