More solo parents are needing long-term support payments in Rotorua than any other Ministry of Development service area in the country, new figures show. Samantha Olley finds out how many people have been getting sole parent support payments in Rotorua for more than a year and what support is there for them. Plus she talks to a solo parent about what life was like on the benefit and the challenges it brought.

For Rena Huriwai, the hardest part about being solo parent relying on Ministry of Social Development support was thinking about the following weeks.

Huriwai has two daughters in

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