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Happy Zine: Art Project Promotes Unemployment as a Positive Choice

Unemployed Artist Tao Wells wants to know why New Zealanders make the decision to work more in order to consume more. “Surely,” says Wells, “an advanced society would see us work less, and enjoy the benefits of unemployed time. We need to work less, so we consume less.” (read more)

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Roger Boyce Paints: Props for Tao Wells’ Beneficiary’s Office

“I don’t know much about art, but I know what I like.” I unequivocally like Tao Wells’ The Beneficiary’s Office… What a lovely ‘Chinese-handcuff’ Mr. Wells has fashioned for the inevitably pointing fingers headed his way. (read more)

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Homepaddock: The Dignity of Work

“The dignity of work and the long-term benefits of it must have escaped Tao Wells. He’s the artist who received a $40,000 grant from Creative NZ to create a beneficiaries’ office which promotes the benefits of being unemployed.” (read more)

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The Wellingtonista: The Beneficiary’s Office

“As part of the Letting Space programme – which pairs artists with unused commercial spaces – Wells has established a corporate office for the Wells Group, a PR company which argues that the unemployed are more environmentally friendly… But things start to get tricky because The Beneficiary’s Office is partially funded by – gasp! – taxpayer dollars in the form of a Creative New Zealand grant. Wells has already had his dole cut off, a reminder that, babies, you do not mess with Work & Income, you mess around them.” (read more)

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Keeping Stock: Give Us Strength

“Now bear with us for a moment while we get our heads around this; this is an “unemployed artist” who is being paid by the government and the Wellington City Council to actively encourage people to down tools and join the ranks of the unemployed. That is absolutely outrageous! But you haven’t heard the worst of it…” (read more)

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Kiwiblog: Paid to Promote the Virtues of Unemployment

“Oh for fuck’s sake. They seriously have too much money. Having a layabout wanker who is illegally claiming the dole, promote dole bludging as a lifestyle choice is not innovative. Would Creative NZ give money for a tax felon to set up an office and advise people not to pay their taxes? This just makes my blood boil. We’re borrowing $240 million a week and this is what Creative NZ thinks is a priority. Why don’t the staff responsible at Creative NZ follow the advice of Mr Wells and quit their jobs to escape the slavery of work.” (read more)

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The Inquiring Mind: Adam’s Bludger of the Week

“Our tax dollar is supporting this man. Disgraceful! Truly the inmates are running the asylum.” (read more)