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More workers now seeking advice
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Seek help sooner rather than later
Avoid taking personal loans or instant cash loans --
these can ''compound'' financial difficulties
If you do take out a loan, shop around for the best
interest rates, terms and conditions
Do not ignore repossession notices
Do not sign as a guarantor for a loan for anyone in
Minimum for a balanced diet ($ per week, per person)
Woman . .
Adolescent boy . .
Adolescent girl . .
10-year-old child . .
One-year-old baby . .
*University of Otago/Department of Nutrition
Hastings Budget Advisory
Number of new clients for 12
mthstoJune30: . . 571
Total debt for new clients:
. . $10.38 million
Debt retired in the last 12
months: . .
. . $381,392
Mrs Wham said, historically, most new clients
were people receiving some type of benefit but
now we are seeing more and more people who
are are on wages or earning a salary .
Around 23 per cent of new clients were
wage-earners or earning a salary (135), but the
vast majority were people on a benefit (401).
Of the new clients, 304 people identified as
being Maori, while 216 identified as being
The majority of new clients were middle-
aged, with 172 of them between the ages of 46
to 65. There were 153 between 36 and 45; and
127 clients were between the ages of 26 and
35.Despite the grim figures, the service has its
successes , says Ms Wham.
In the past 12 months, new clients were able
to retire $381,392 worth of debt.
The hardest thing about budgeting is for
people to stick to it, and having the discipline
to see it through, says Ms Wham.
Debt is exceedingly stressful and we take
into account people s state of mind when we
help them to budget. We don t judge, she said.
Ms Wham warned people against taking out
personal loans or applying for instant cash
loans to pay bills. These merely compounded
people s financial woes, she said.
But if people had taken out instant loans,
they should not feel pressured into making
payments on arrears they couldn t afford.
The service could negotiate directly with
creditors on people s behalf, she said.
Price of lamb
Family firm: Rob Downey and his dad Bill of Downey's City
Farmers are smiling as the
price of lamb hits record highs
but in town its another hit on
Some butchers report sales
of lamb have halved.
So while cockies rejoice at
getting more than $200 a head
for prime lambs at the
Stortford Lodge saleyards, the
result is a leg of lamb costs
$50. The Sunday roast has
become unaffordable for most.
It s madness, says Rob
Downey of Napier s Downey s
He s done his best to ride it
out and hold his prices.
People are definitely
watching what they re spend-
ing. You can put your prices up
but you may lose your clien-
Adding to the price of meat
in Hawke s Bay is the lack of
an abattoir to kill for the local
market, he says.
Hawke s Bay lambs are
trucked out of the district for
slaughter and the rising cost of
petrol has seen freight costs
When Downey s stopped
buying its lambs at Stortford
Lodge in 2008 it was costing $4
a head to freight lambs to
Affco s Whanganui works and
$4 to get them back.
So now Downey s buys its
carcasses wholesale from Affco.
There has been a City Butch-
ery on the corner of McGrath
and Kinross White streets in
Napier South since before the
turn of the 19th century.
Rob and wife Lucy took over
five years ago from Rob s dad
Bill, who bought the business
Throwing out the lifeline
The diversity of families in
need of parcels from a food
bank in Hawke s Bay runs the
These days it s quite com-
mon for grandparents, and
grandparents, to find them-
selves in situations where
they re left to raise their
grandchildren, and for many,
their pensions are falling short
of the weekly budget.
Many are in desperate need
of a food parcel to help feed the
children in their care, says
Napier Foodbank s Sue
But it s things like school
uniforms and books that eat
heavily into the family s
budget, and with the food
bank s help, they re doing the
best they can.
It s quite amazing just how
many people out there are not
aware of the food bank, and it s
an emotional experience when
they realise they re entitled to
a food parcel to help them get
through the week, she says.
When you re on a very strict
budget, it s a case of living day-
to-day or week-to-week.
There is no money left to
stock the cupboards, even with
something as basic as
She said many don t have
enough money to buy the
specials to stock up the pan-
try, because getting through
the week has already used
The majority of people have
to stick to a tight budget, but
when unexpected costs arise,
such as medical costs or
replacing a broken toaster, the
household budget is blown.
Sadly, when that happens, the
For many in our community,
the food bank is a lifeline.
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