A public policy analyst says the latest round of welfare reforms aimed at getting people into jobs is overlooking the fundamental problem of economic performance.
The changes will see three new benefit types replace the seven current categories and require sole parents to start work.
As a result, the Government's expecting 44,000 people to move off the benefit and into work.
But Massey University's Associate Professor Dr Grant Duncan says not enough new jobs are being created.
"Even people who do get into work often are finding work is precarious, the hours are often irregular, hourly wage is not very high, and unfortunately in this economy a lot of work isn't necessarily all that reliable or rewarding."