Auckland Action Against Poverty
Tonight, Minister of Social Development Paula Bennett will MC at the Young Nats Ball, held at the Rendezvous Hotel in Auckland.
Auckland Action Against Poverty will be hosting a Block Party to provide an alternative for those left out in the cold by National’s war on the poor. The Block Party will begin at 6.30pm tonight outside the Rendezvous Hotel, corner of Mayoral Drive and Vincent Street.
There will be live music from local acts Totems and Street Chant, as well as Wellington act, Big Rick.
“Tickets to the ball cost $100. The sad fact is, that’s more than many of us in New Zealand have left after paying rent and power. This is the harsh reality of being a low-paid worker or beneficiary living under National,” says AAAP spokesperson Ms Abu-Shanab.
“The National Party keep celebrating while so many of us are pushed into poverty thanks to their policies. People are being blamed and punished for the governments failure to create jobs. Meanwhile, the rich get richer,” says Ms Abu-Shanab.
“Tonight is an opportunity to tell them there are lots of us who want to see an end to brutal inequality and poverty. We need alternatives which put human beings before profit and big business. We’ll be outside the ball to hold the party to account. It’s time to block the National Party.”