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Reality Check

‘Reality Check’ is a campaign that aims to spur conversation and critical thought about the social and environmental wellbeing of our local Waikato community and Aotearoa as a whole.

Billboards, displaying issues related to our wellbeing, will be displayed at different faith, community, civic, and other centres around the city. The billboards are a symbol of our solidarity about the issues and the things that we care about. A single billboard design will be displayed at multiple sites for 3-5 weeks.

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Debt and Mobile Retail Trucks

Our ‘Neglect and Nurture’ report identified debt as a major issue affecting the lives of the most vulnerable people in our community. Mobile Retail Trucks prey on the vulnerability of people in our community. In September 2017, Poverty Action worked with the Fairfield Enderley Resilience Network to facilitate a community forum on the trucks. An action plan has been developed with strategies including 1) Collecting stories for the Commerce Commission so that they can effectively prosecute trading that does not comply with the Fair Trading Act 2) Working with Hamilton City Council to ensure that all trucks operating in Hamilton are permitted and 3) Community education. Contact us if you would like to be involved.

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Food Insecurity

In early 2017, the staff at Go Eco (formerly the Waikato Environment Centre) contacted Poverty Action concerned with the levels of food poverty and insecurity in the community. Through the operation of Kaivolution, their food rescue programme, they have been witness to a rising demand for Kaivolution food and a plethora of stories about food poverty in Kirikiriroa Hamilton.  

Robert Moore from Anglican Action and Alex Bailey  from the Catholic Diocese of Hamilton have interviewed a number of Kaivolution recipient organisations and are developing a report on Kaivolution and food insecurity in Kirikiriroa Hamilton. This will be released in October 2017.

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PAW working group meetings are held every fourth Thursday of the month at Community Waikato. Check our facebook for details.

PAW works closely with the Anglican Action Centre for Social Justice and receives infrastructural support from Anglican Action, located at 100 Morrinsville Rd, Te Ara Hou Village, Hamilton. For more information contact Anna on 022 354 6550