Why were they even on a benefit?

Linsday Mitchell

Lindsay Mitchell calls this benefit camouflage…I call it stealing from the taxpayer…they had no need for the benefit, even though they were conducting an illegal business.

Here’s a perfect example of people using a benefit as camouflage (albeit not a very successful one). I mean they surely didn’t need the money.

Three solo mothers, one of whom is known locally as “the queen of green” and is seven months pregnant, have been sent to prison for a cannabis operation that netted them up to $340,000 in four months last year for selling “tinnies” from a state house in Napier.

A “tinny” is a small tinfoil-wrapped package containing between 0.6 and 1.2 grams of cannabis, which sells for about $20.
Business was so good during the four months that they sold a $20 tinny every minute and the number of customers so great that their cars would clog up the street…… The four offenders, who are all beneficiaries, appeared for sentencing before Judge Tony Adeane in Napier District Court last week.


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As much at home writing editorials as being the subject of them, Cam has won awards, including the Canon Media Award for his work on the Len Brown/Bevan Chuang story. When he’s not creating the news, he tends to be in it, with protagonists using the courts, media and social media to deliver financial as well as death threats.

They say that news is something that someone, somewhere, wants kept quiet. Cam Slater doesn’t do quiet and, as a result, he is a polarising, controversial but highly effective journalist who takes no prisoners.

He is fearless in his pursuit of a story.

Love him or loathe him, you can’t ignore him.

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