What people have said
RE CARE WORKERS Dear Mr Key, I would understand if I was being paid almost minimal wage for a menial job, but my duties as a caregiver is taking full responsibility for a human being. I take my job very seriously and know that the families of my patients are very grateful for the 24/7 care that their loved ones receive. I feel undervalued and would appreciate your serious consideration in raising mine and my fellow carers' hourly rate to a something that doesn't just undervalue us workers but also the elderly we care for. Does a low wage for us mean our job caring for them is less important? Give us a fair go!
RE: THE CARE SUPPORT WORKFORCE
My 88 year old mother has lived in a rest home for the past year, she fell and broke her hip and wrist in the home, her care and after care has been fantastic. These woman are understaffed and underpaid, they go up and beyond just caring, showering, toileting, cleaning, laundry, feeding, changing, the list goes on. Please let these workers have a decent pay rise. I can hardly care for my mother when she comes to my house for a few hours, and she isn't in as much need of some of the people in the home. These people are saints as far as I am concerned.
RE: THE CARE SUPPORT WORKFORCE
Dear John Key, I am a community carer, and have been for many years. I have done all the courses that are available for the education of carers and am qualified as a high needs, dementia and palliative care caregiver. My hourly rate of pay is slightly higher than the minimum hourly rate. I believe i give top rate care for low rate pay. Why? Because i care about my clients and i believe in helping others. Maybe you could come on my rounds with me one day to see firsthand just what we do. I am sure it would be an eye opener to you, and it would make my clients feel as though they matter. Thankyou. Joy Terris
I have brought up a daughter with Prader Willi for 18yrs, had to put her into care as I couldn't handle her anymore, by then marriage had broken up, and I had two other children who were missing out because of their sister's demands. Prader Willi children were supposed to not be able to have babies, well, mine did. And here am I again bringing up another special needs child from birth (she is 10yrs old, I am 66). All I ask is would it be at all possible for my husband and I to have say three weeks' holiday per year as other paid workers do, and the child taken care of in our own home by a paid carer. This is a 24/7 job, we are grateful for the pension, but have very little for ourselves and no social life. My hopes and dreams to travel when retired have gone.
Please invest in our carers - they need support as well as the people they care for.
My brother-in-law has been caring for his very elderly father for four years and both are trying to exist on one Super as my brother-in-law is not yet 65. Think how much they are saving the Government in hospital expenses!! Even a ¼ of that amount would make the world of difference to them.
Come on John Key, regarding the Oz kiwi Campaign you need to get on board and help this situation rather than work against it. Otherwise I can just see it backfiring and the anger it will cause so many people. I can see your position becoming fragile and less powerful if you don’t help kiwis campaigning for equal rights in Australia. Somebody has to swallow their pride and help why can’t this person be you. Stand up for kiwis living in Australia and do the right thing because at the moment kiwis feel the Australian government and the NZ government have no idea what they are doing. Do the right thing John Key.
Dear John, oh how I hate to write........ My heart is heavy, my load is huge, when do you think carers will get their dues? We've work so hard for too long, without reward or support, it’s wrong, we are no better or worse than anyone else. But how is it, criminals get service top shelf, personally I think it’s a massive crime, things need to change and it’s about time. Care for our love ones, who need us most, is essential like butter on crusty toast, for our loved ones we go the extra mile just to make them happy and feel worthwhile. And so John my letter ends, please help and make amends.
Dear Prime Minister, the Rt Hon. John Key. The Government of NZ lost the long running court battle for fair and reasonable treatment and recognition of the work family carers contribute to the New Zealand economy. Rather than risk further embarrassment in the courts the Government rightfully chose to accept the courts findings while behind the scenes cynically strategising to create policy that limited the effect of the court decision to a few. This decision to massage the offending law to suit its own ends is condescending to all family carers and arrogant in its message. A government that raises its finger to those who are most vulnerable to bad outcomes while supporting ad-hoc measures to protect private assets from self-inflicted bad financial bets with tax payers’ money is no longer committed to democracy for all. Regards Geoff Keall, Family Carer
I find it appalling that your family carers’ bill has been passed as law. It is a despicable piece of legislation which turns already vulnerable persons into employers and therefore responsible for employees. Even though they may not have the skills to deal with such a situation.