Poverty… Really ?

Poverty :

-the state or condition of having little or no money, goods, or means of support; condition of being poor.

The state of being extremely poor

 -the condition of being without adequate food, money, etc


So, there we have 3 definitions from different sources.
The reason I am on the subject is I get pretty sick of hearing the word. Here in New Zealand,  the  subject is so often brought up. There are supposedly 250-300,00 children in NZ living in Poverty. 

But, what is Poverty ?

If people feel they don’t have enough money to pay the bills, should they continue to have children ? A week or so ago I read that people living in Poverty have never been taught about contraception. I’m sure they have heard a thing or two about it. Money is part of the reason my wife and I stopped at 2 children. It seemed a better option than 5 or 6. It puzzles me why some woman have 5 or 6 children to 3 different fathers, or a man would want to have as many children with a few woman. These children should receive support dollars , but in that situation rarely receive it. Some of the people that are said to be living in Poverty live in the most expensive city in New Zealand. This city  ( Auckland ) has about a quarter of our 4.5 million people population. We constantly hear of the rising house prices of Auckland when there is much cheaper houses in other parts of the country.


Auckland, New Zealand

In Political circles, we constantly hear of how some parties would solve the “poverty” problem. They would simply give more dollars and tax the people earning the higher incomes more. That seems a bit unfair to me. Those people on the big incomes have worked very hard to get there.When you look at what a Solo Mother with one child receives on welfare, it’s not far away from what my wife started on as a Teacher. That Solo Mother didn’t have to get pregnant, it was a choice. So, how do you save some money ? Cut out smoking, drinking, gambling, vehicles & takeaways. What about fancy Mobiles ? I’m sure some households could save $30-50 a week if they tried. If a government constantly dishes out money to people, they expect more and more. It’s like when my family and I go and feed the ducks. The longer we are there and the more bread we throw out, the greater number of ducks come to get some bread.



Yes, we do have to look after everyone, but it should only go so far.

People need to make good decisions for themselves.


  1. Phoenicia on October 1, 2015 at 4:34 pm

    I think your first statement is a little harsh. Some women in developing countries still have very little knowledge (if any) about contraception. They need to be educated. Thank God, I am enlightened and have access to free health care.

    In the western world there is less excuse but let us not forget that not everyone has had a great start in life. Not everyone has the same morals and expectations due to the things they have been exposed to.

    Should the responsibility sit solely with the woman?
    Why are the fathers choosing to walk away and not fulfil their duties?

    Like you, I stopped at two children.

    • Bryce on October 1, 2015 at 5:55 pm

      Developing nations is a different story.
      Responsibilities shouldn’t sit solely with woman.
      There is millions of dollars of unpaid child support.
      Men should be taking responsibility.

      Thanks Phoencia

  2. Phoenicia on October 1, 2015 at 9:16 pm

    You are welcome!

  3. Keelie Reason on October 1, 2015 at 10:43 pm

    Depending on the country, a lot of women don’t have the ability to get contraceptives. I’m not sure about there in New Zealand. Here in America, it is not cheap to purchase condoms or go to the doctor for shots and pills. It would seem like those that are in poverty would stop having babies, but it doesn’t always happen the way you hope. However, I completely agree that the answer to poverty is not to just give out more money. The answer is education and teaching the people to take care of themselves. That takes building relationships and time. Government is more about the numbers, not necessarily about the individual people.

    • Bryce on October 2, 2015 at 2:26 am

      Hello Keelie,
      This is written from a NZ point of view.
      Contraception can be free.
      We hear alot about Poverty in media.
      I’m not a wealthy man myself.
      I agree with you that Education is part of the solution.

      Thank You.

  4. Dr Rin Porter on October 1, 2015 at 11:25 pm

    Bryce, I am appalled by what you have written in this post. It shows a startling ignorance about poor people and the difficulties they face. Please go on google and find some books on the causes of poverty and read them.

    • Bryce on October 2, 2015 at 2:34 am

      My wife and I face financial difficulties.
      This article is very much looking at things in New Zealand.
      We hear alot about Poverty in the media and through politics.
      It can be very frustrating.

      All the best.

  5. Rin Porter on October 2, 2015 at 2:55 pm

    I too have lived through hard times financially. Right after I was divorced things were extremely rough for me. I’m sad to hear that you also are having financial issues. I urge you to keep going, keep trying, and not give up. Things WILL get better.

    • Bryce on October 2, 2015 at 5:42 pm

      Thanks Rin.

      I’m very excited about the future.

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