Yesterday the legislation necessary to extend youth service provision and attendant obligations was passed. The Greens put up the only opposition. From the NZ Herald
The whole welfare state concept is paternalism writ large.
Attempts to reduce reliance on welfare - the youth service is achieving this - reduce paternalism.
Parents are paternalistic. They exercise authority over the individual. Over time they reduce their paternalism and the child assumes increasing amounts of self-responsibility. (Though I do note that if there is a parent letting their child run riot it's most likely to be a Green type preaching freedom of expression, so perhaps the demand that teenagers should get taxpayer money without obligations is at least consistent.)
As for feeling 'stigmatised and resentful', that's just the disincentive some people need.
And the last objection is utter BS. How does WINZ decide which beneficiary requires employment help and which needs drug rehab without "infringing on human rights"? How does the public health system diagnose and allocate treatment without "infringing on human rights"?
The Greens need to grow up.
Anyway, thumbs up to the other opposition parties that could see the sense in passing this legislation.