Social Development Minister Paula Bennett was asked about the results of investigations into beneficiaries receiving well above the average wage.
WINZ had investigated more than 300 of these cases and she said they found some were people who were fostering extremely vulnerable and demanding children, and doing it well, and it would have cost the state far more to care for the children any other way.
However, there were some whose needs and contributions were less obvious.
One of these was a couple who had been beneficiaries for 15 years. He had a bad back but in that time they’d also had 10 children.
“Bad back or laid back?” the minister asked?