In what a spokesperson for 'poverty action' described as one of the worst cases ever discovered, over 100 people were discovered existing in extremely cramped conditions in three "huts" in valleys in Fiordland.
With appalling weather and very limited supplies of food and clean dry clothing these unfortunate people were in dire need of gummint assistance and officials were considering using helicopters to remove the poverty enduring victims from this terrible situation.
"That is the very least a caring gummint could be expected to do, the poverty spokesperson is quoted as stating.
Update, the poor unfortunate souls are going to be forced to walk out as the waters are receeding.
Caring gummint, pfft.