Overheard on the radio the other day;
CENTRELINK DUDE: Feel free to phone in and ask me anything.
CALLER: Yeah, can you tell me how old a kid has to be before the parent moves from the pension to NewStart?
CD: That’d be…oh, between the ages of 5 and 7.
CALLER: So, 6 years old then.
CD: I’d have to check that, but I think you’ll find it isn’t 6 years old; it’s between the ages of 5 and 7.
CALLER TWO: This new stimulus baby payment - the one for the family tax benefit?
CT: How are you eligible?
CD: You have to have been in receipt of FTBA in the first week of February.
CT: My wife just dropped another kid two weeks ago. Can we get it?
CD: Well, probably not, as the child wasn't born in January.
CT: Why can't we get it retrospectively? It's not like we wanted it. Oh well, at least we get the baby bonus.
CD: I'm not sure how to answer that.
No wonder you can’t get a straight answer from them when you phone, if that’s the level of the senior public relations staff. Still, you do hear some amusing things while driving along on the way to be abused...