Leader Winston Peters said the State would give people a ‘hand up’ during times of genuine financial hardship.
The two-year cap would apply to every person over their lifetime.
‘New Zealand is never going to fill employment vacancies, or work our way out of our country’s debt unless there is a seismic change in the attitude of particularly young people to engage in work,’ the party said in a statement.
‘New Zealand First has always believed that the state should give people a hand-up during times of genuine financial hardship, however, such help should not turn into a long-term hand-out that has the potential to become an intergenerational issue.
This policy will strike the balance between ensuring struggling kiwis get the financial safety net when they need it, with a set of expectations on contribution to our country working our way to a much better future.’
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