How much exactly do we pay when parents go at it alone?

Before peeking at the answer over the break, have a guess

What is the average duration a NZ sole parent is paid by the state?

  • 15.8 years (40%, 313 Votes)
  • 11.8 years (30%, 234 Votes)
  • 7.8 years (15%, 117 Votes)
  • 5.8 years (9%, 73 Votes)
  • 3.8 years (5%, 42 Votes)

Total Voters: 779

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From Lindsay Mitchell‘s blog –

“Well. After years of trying to tell people that sole parents spend many, many years on benefit I see MSD has just released a statement containing this: “…sole parents spend an average 15.8 years on benefit with a lifetime cost of $234,000.”

Ouch. That is a bloody long time to be staying on a benefit. Multiply that lifetime benefit cost by the number of solo-parents on a benefit and it adds up to an amount to rival David Shearer’s secret bank account.


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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 that takes no prisoners.

He is fearless in his pursuit of a story.

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