Labour never did this, and National simply don’t get enough credit

Social Development Minister Anne Tolley says that the number of teen mums requiring a benefit has fallen significantly since 2009, alongside increased government support to help them and their families lead independent and successful lives.

There were 57 per cent fewer young mums on main benefits at the end of 2016 compared to 2009, down from 4,263 to 1,836.

Teen parents have some of the highest lifetime costs of any group on welfare, going on to spend more than 17 years on benefits.

“We want to see young families thrive, rather than relying on benefits,” says Mrs Tolley.

“If we can give young mums opportunities to be independent and successful then that will mean better lives for their children. We know that kids who grow up in benefit-dependent homes are more likely themselves to go on to a benefit, are more likely to be notified to CYF and are less likely to achieve NCEA Level 2. Read more »


George to Metiria Turei: Get a life!

Whaleoil regular George writes

Those mothers who refuse to name the father of their children risk having $22 a week deducted from their benefit and this has got Metiria Turei knickers in a twist.

As is typical, she claims the world will end for these mothers.

?Young children are missing out on the basics like having a roof over their heads and food in their bellies, because of punitive National Government policies like this one.”

So Turei, when the National Government increased the benefit by $20pw, you claimed it was a pittance and would make very little difference, so using your logic, if the $22 was deducted, being the pittance that it is, should make very little difference!

Damn George, don’t use logic now. ? Read more »

State sponsored bastard factories



78% of readers surveyed disapprove of our current welfare system and one person summed up others thoughts, ?describing the DPB as “State sponsored bastard factories”.

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More good news


via ODT

The number of people on a main benefit has fallen below 280,000 for the first time since 2008.

Social Development Minister Anne Tolley says it dropped by 4369, or 1.5 percent, in the year to March.

That took the total number of people receiving a main benefit down to 279,891. Read more »

Why is the state funding the raising of beneficiary kids?


Genuine accidents aside, people on benefits should stop making children. ?It is not a human right to have the tax payer pick up the tab for your decision, especially at around $500,000 per child.

The cost of raising a child has soared by 63 per cent over the past decade to $500,000, researchers say.

A study found parents now spend on average nearly a third of their pre-tax annual salary on just one son or daughter. Childcare costs have risen significantly.

Two-thirds are incurred before a child starts primary school, during which time the average parent spends $85,000.

Education costs, including school uniforms, books, trips and university tuition fees are the biggest expense for parents, said the study, based on figures from the Centre for Economics and Business Research. Read more »

Guest Post: MSD ups efforts to detect sole parent benefit abuse

Lindsay Mitchell has been doing some digging ?and come up with some interesting information regarding benefits and who should and shouldn’t be on them.

She has?given me permission to repost her information in the interests of giving her a wider audience.

I have found the following information enlightening…especially as it appear to show that over 10% are abusing their benefit.


We all know that there are plenty of people pulling a single parent benefit who have partners. Anecdotal evidence aside, there are two data sources pointing to this.

One is the Growing up in NZ study, which I wrote about here but it gets quite complicated.

The second is simpler. It’s revealed in a passage from Child Poverty in New Zealand, by Simon Chapple and Jonathon Boston:

“Work undertaken at the Department of Labour and based on matching Household Labour Force Survey (HLFS) and administrative welfare records indicated, firstly, that in 2011 about 10 per cent of people whose welfare records showed that they were receiving an unemployment benefit reported to the HLFS that they were actually in full-time employment (i.e., working at least thirty hours a week), and hence were ineligible for the benefit; secondly, that more than one-third of people on an unemployment benefit self-reported as not actively seeking work ? and one in five expressed no intention to seek work in the coming year; and, thirdly, that about 10 per cent of people whose welfare records showed that they were receiving a DPB reported being partnered or living as married.”

(After an MBIE refusal to release the paper to me, the matter currently sits with the Ombudsman).

Back in October I blogged about a trial mentioned in the MSD Annual Report.

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Beneficiary mum has an epiphany

Harry Pearl reports

A 9-year-old’s comment about how “cool” it was to be on a benefit has changed a Huntly woman’s life.

Until six months ago, Judy Wilson was one of about 80,000 sole parents in New Zealand receiving a benefit.

She was devoted to raising her six children but, in her own words, she was also drinking, smoking, and not doing “anything”.

And she had been for close to 20 years.

Yikes. ?How did she react? ? Read more »

Rodney Hide on benefits

Rodney Hide slays some sacred cows in regard to welfare benefits.

Which, while we are talking about it..Why do we call them benefits? It is certainly no benefit for the poor ever paying taxpayer, nor to the government. I think one way to reduce welfare is to name the payments something nasty…

Anyway Rodney Hide exposes the myths and lies of welfare.

Our welfare state has proved both addictive and dangerous. It survives propped up by propaganda and disinformation.

For example, when Steve Maharey was in charge, he declared, ?The widespread belief that most Domestic Purpose Beneficiaries are teenage mums who deliberately get pregnant to get a benefit is a myth.??He explained, ?The typical DPB sole parent is female, in her mid 30s, with one or two children, who went on to the benefit because of a relationship breakdown?.

And, ?The average duration for a sole parent on the DPB is about three and a half years?.

So that?s okay then. The DPB does not attract teenagers into a benefit trap. It?s mostly for women whose relationships turn sour. These women need temporary assistance to get back on their feet. They aren?t on the benefit for long.? Read more »

Coroner says monitor solo mothers

Some common sense coming through.

Rotorua Coroner Wallace Bain is calling for compulsory spot checks of all children from birth to the age of 5 to ensure they are safe and to avoid a repeat of the “horrific” death of toddler Nia Glassie.

The Rotorua 3-year-old died on August 3, 2007.

The coroner determined the toddler died from cerebral infarction against a background of “extreme violence”.

Dr Bain is also calling for all solo parents on a benefit to be monitored and overseen to ensure the safety of children in their care.

“We must urgently return to the “good-old-days” where every child was seen regularly by the Plunket Nurse,” he said.

Dr Bain has released his findings into Nia’s death. She died after being abused and ill-treated by members of her extended family who were looking after her while her mother worked.

About time someone stood up and challenged governments to start to do something about the appalling slaughter of the young at the hands of?their?”care-givers”.

Paula Bennett and National have already started the process with their changes to benefits, they should take these?recommendations?on board pronto.

Now queue the wailing of the left wing?labeling?this is as more beneficiary bashing.