New Zealand is a generous and caring nation which endeavours to provide a safe healthy environment for the nurture of all New Zealanders. Part of that care is a welfare system that meets the basic needs of those who are unable to provide for themselves, or some assistance for those who need some help.
New Conservative’s intention for welfare is to provide a safety net and short to medium term support to empower people in difficulty to discover, or return to, the dignity of personal independence and prosperity. It may look like a hand out, but it must be a hand up.
Welfare support must never entrap people in benefit dependency.