WHERE ARE ALL THE BENEFIT BABIES BORN? by Cameron Slater on April 29, 2016 at 11:30am

Lindsay Mitchell has been doing some research on where all the benefit babies are being born.

Unsurprisingly bludgers beget bludgers…and it’s growing.


Every year I track how many benefit babies there are relative to the total births. Being a ‘benefit baby’ means relying on a parent or caregiver’s benefit  by the the end of their birth year. Most will become reliant nearer to their birth date rather than first birthday. Many will go on to experience long-term deprivation.

This year I asked for a  breakdown by Work and Income Service Centre. That was provided. Then I asked the Ministry of Health for District Health Board birth data for 2015. They very quickly obliged without an OIA. Credit to them.

It was then straight forward to place each service centre in a DHB  and calculate the percentage of babies in each district that would be benefit-dependent before their first birthday.

Where the benefit babies are born


Gisborne (Tairawhiti) seems to be a problem area; perhaps this also explains why Gisborne is also the the clap capital of NZ.


Tairawhiti is Gisborne northwards. Almost one in three children born in 2015 would be on welfare either immediately or shortly thereafter.

This is more than three times the rate of the lowest DHB, Auckland.


The disparity, however, within  the greater Auckland region is highlighted by the difference between Counties Manukau at 21.4% andAuckland at less than half that rate at 9.7%. This disparity is far greater than the disparity in the Wellington region (compare Capital and Coastto Hutt.)


Not surprisingly Tairawhiti is followed by Northland. You will have noticed the tallest columns are those with high Maori populations.(Of all the benefit babies, 54 percent had a Maori parent or caregiver.)

Lakes covers the Rotorua and Taupo region south to Turangi andWhanganui takes in Marton and Taihape.

Hawkes Bay goes to Wairoa in the north and Waipukarau in the south.Counties Manukau is self-explanatory.

These then are the five DHB areas where from 21 to 32 percent of children have families unable to support them independently, usually from birth.


At the other end are the cosmopolitan centres. In ascending order, Auckland, Christchurch, Dunedin and Wellington.

Every South Island DHB – bar South Canterbury which is essentially Timaru and inland – is below the national average.

What you are looking at there is where so-called child poverty begins and ends. Welfarism is killing generations slowly but surely.


– Lindsay Mitchell

Holiday for Maori Land Wars

Interesting Idea.

Is it for the Battles Maori won, or for the Battles that the British won ??

Either way, Maori don’t need to have a day off, Most have every day off.

In the end, it will be a reason to cause arguments and Shit stir for the few that do it for the sake of it.

What about a Day off for the working man, to celebrate the income to the country for working .

Rant Over

Bill English describes some Kiwis looking for work as ‘pretty damned hopeless’

He got that one CORRECT.

Plain Lazy “UN-EMPLOYABLE” and cant give a F about working.

Don’t blame the Education system, as it works for the other races in this country.

Finance Minister Bill English is not backing down from his comments that some Kiwis hunting for work are “pretty damned hopeless” and “can’t read and write properly”.

At a Federated Farmers meeting in Feilding last week English said there was a “cohort of Kiwis now” who couldn’t get a licence because they were illiterate and “don’t look to be employable”.

His comments were directed at “young males” who didn’t turn up to work or didn’t stay on when offered a job.

Labour MP Iain Lees-Galloway was at that meeting and says the deputy prime minister’s comments were a “disgrace”.

In Question Time on Wednesday Lees-Galloway asked English whether he stood by another statement from that meeting – that one of the reasons why immigration is “a bit more permissive” is because Kiwis are “pretty damned hopeless”.

English says those comments were supported by what the Government heard from dozens of New Zealand employers.

“…many of the people on our MInistry of Social Development list will not show up to the jobs they are offered and will not stay in the jobs that they are offered”.

He said that was a “realistic description of the problems we are dealing with” and if Lees-Galloway couldn’t handle that, then “he is out of touch”.

Lees-Galloway said the comments show “the Government has given up on our young people and have no faith in their own education system”.

“It’s the Government that’s damned hopeless. Bill English himself passed that judgement when he claimed that after eight years of National Government the education system is turning out people who can’t read or write properly,” he said.