October 4, 2023

URGENT ACTION required: Social Security Bill

I have just been talking with an MP to find out what our best approach should be in fighting a Bill.

Our Bill is the Social Security Bill. We have less than 6 weeks left. The report from the Select Committee needs to be into Parliament by 20 March 2013.

This MP encouraged us to:

1. Write emails and letters to the Select Committee members

2. Write emails and letters to all the MPs

3. Ring your local National MPs

4. Visit personally the MP in your electorate

This MP said that they get about 200 emails a day and just a few letters each day. Some MPs might take more notice of letters but most MPs do notice the emails that come into their accounts – especially if there is a groundswell of emails on a particular topic. MPs spend a lot of time at their computers so they are used to being contacted by email.

Even 3 families visiting each Electorate Office on this issue will seem like a lot to the MPs and it gives them a feel that there might be a lot of people against this issue. It is important to be visiting the National Party MPs in particular – they want to stay in office. If a large number of us visit the National Party MPs then they will take notice as we are the voters. Feel free to take your children with you – this will be very educational for them.


The Select Committee members are Jacinda Ardern, Simon Bridges, Melissa Lee, Jan Logie, Asenati Lole-Taylor, Peseta Sam Lotu-Iiga, Tim Macindoe, Alfred Ngaro, Rajen Prasad, Mike Sabin and Su’a William Sio. Letters to individual MPs should be sent to this address (no stamp necessary):

Parliament Office
Private Bag 18888
Parliament Buildings
Wellington 6160


email addresses of Select Committee

Against the Bill at the 1st reading:

Jacinda Ardern, Jan Logie, Rajen Prasad and Su’a William Sio

jacinda.ardern@parliament.govt.nz, Jan.logie@parliament.govt.nz, rajen.prasad@parliament.govt.nz, sua.william.sio@parliament.govt.nz

Those who voted for the Bill at the 1st reading

Simon BridgesMelissa LeeAsenati Lole-Taylor , Peseta Sam Lotu-Iiga, Tim Macindoe, Alfred Ngaro, and Mike

s.bridges@ministers.govt.nz, melissa.lee@parliament.govt.nz, Asenati.Lole-Taylor@parliament.govt.nz, peseta.sam.lotu-iiga@parliament.govt.nz, tim.macindoe@parliament.govt.nz, Alfred.ngaro@parliament.govt.nz, mike.sabin@parliament.govt.nz


Please feel free to use this sample letter. Please try to put it in your own words: Sample letter to Select Committee members

Phone calls and visits

Please also write, phone and/or visit all the Members of Parliament (MPs)

List Of Members Of Parliament September 2012

In every letter and contact that you have with the Select Committee members please ask them to “PLEASE REJECT THE SOCIAL OBLIGATIONS AND SANCTIONS IN THIS BILL (Social Security (Benefit Categories and Work Focus) Amendment Bill) .”

When contacting the MPs please ask them to use their influence on the Select Committee members to reject the social obligations and sanctions in the Bill – particularly the NATIONAL Party MPs.


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Related Links to Social Security Bill:


From the Smiths:


Updated 2 February 2013:  One year on (Craig Smith’s Health) page 7 click here


Needing help for your home schooling journey:



Here are a couple of links to get you started home schooling:




Exemption Form online: https://hef.org.nz/2012/home-schooling-exemption-form-now-online/

Coming Events: http://hef.org.nz/2013/some-coming-events-for-home-education-during-2013/

This link is motivational: https://hef.org.nz/2012/home-schooling-what-is-it-all-about/


Social Security (Benefit Categories and Work Focus) Amendment Bill

Make a submission: Reject compulsory Early Education for 3 year olds



  1. Give it up, all Home School Beneficiaries who Children are capable of going to normal School, will have to look for work.

    Every day working people who pay High Taxes can not keep supporting Beneficiaries to Home School. If you insist on Home Schooling that is fine, but the get the Benefit to Home School is another story all together.

    A lot of single parents work school hours, so they can be with their Children in the evenings.

    If these parents insist on Home Schooling, then they need to ge a night job and get a baby sitter to look after there Children while they work at night.

    Our country can’t keep paying for things like this to slip through the system.


  2. Meadow, home educators save the Government money. It costs the Government to be schooling your children. It costs less to give a little money to a beneficiary than it does to keep your children in school:

    “According to Ministry of Education statistics, New Zealand spends about $6,790.51 per primary school student per year and $8,501.67 per secondary school student per year. This is how much money home educating sole parents save the government annually. A single mother home educating
    three children could be saving the government around $22,000 per year, which is more than her benefit.

    “If she has special needs children, she could save the government even more: special schools spend up to $160,000 per year on each student.”