11 Oct 2012

Man to end hunger strike and meet with minister

5:57 pm on 11 October 2012

A Kaikohe man on a hunger strike over his treatment by Work and Income staff has agreed end his protest after a message from Social Development Minister Paula Bennett.

Sam Kuha, an amputee on an invalid's benefit, say he has not eaten for nearly a month after being turned down for a food grant and told to seek budgeting help.

He says he heard from Ms Bennett's office on Thursday that she is willing to meet him if he will end his hunger strike.

Mr Kuha says he would be happy to do that.

"She accepted that there's a problem and is willing to come and listen to me. I think it will be really good - the whole thing is about the kids."

Sam Kuha says he hopes families with children will be treated with more humanity by Work and Income as a result of his hunger strike.