Flaxmere is the 'benefit baby' capital of New Zealand.
The regional DHB does not breakdown births by centre. But if the numbers of babies born in 2015 who were benefit-dependent by year-end are calculated as a percentage of all beneficiaries at that Work and Income Centre, Flaxmere is the highest in the country.
In all of Hawkes Bay DHB region there were 2,215 babies born in 2015.
The region encompasses Work and Income Service Centres Flaxmere (96), Hastings East (155), Napier (170), Taradale (47), Waipukarau (26) and Wairoa (49).
A quarter of all babies born in the Hawkes Bay DHB region - 543 - were on welfare directly or shortly after their births.
Draw your own conclusions.
Update: Here is a man who has drawn his. He says (having fostered 200 children in Flaxmere) that the govt rewards children for having children, that govt has "legitimised" it.
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