Alanah Eriksen at NZ Herald reports:
An East Coast man on the dole for 25 years is the longest unemployment beneficiary in the country and has been paid more than $260,000 in taxpayer money.
Others on a list of the top 10 have all been receiving the payments for more than 15 years, according to information released to the Herald from Work and Income New Zealand.
The single man started on the unemployment benefit when he was 37 and is now aged 62.
This almost certainly will end once the welfare reforms are fully implemented. That is outrageous.