Family in difficulty after work accident
Aroha Tonga and her husband moved to Brisbane with the dream of a better life.
However, after her husband injured his back at work, the Kiwi couple watched their dream evaporate and they struggled to keep their home.
"My husband and I are in a bit of strife. We could be homeless in two weeks," Ms Tonga said.
"My husband had an accident on a coal-seam gas rig. He had nine months off work and was on work cover."
Aftertests, the family discovered he would need a disc replacement and fusion of the lumbar spine.
Work cover ceased his payments not long after and her husband applied for the disability benefit but was denied access because he was considered a temporary resident, she said.
"We have two children. I have a casual job, but have been applying for job after job. We are looking at maybe moving to a caravan park till my husband's compensation comes through."
The Tautoko Crew charity organisation heard about the family's struggle and had helped by providing food packages, Ms Tonga said.
The organisation was to hold a fundraiser today.
"No words can describe how I feel right now, but a big thanks to everyone from the Tautoko Crew."
- © Fairfax NZ News
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