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WINZ wins treadmill case

NZ NewswireNZ Newswire 17/06/2016

Work and Income has won its legal battle against a beneficiary who bought a $3000 treadmill after seeing it on a late-night television advertisement.

Debbie Port, who was receiving support for anxiety, irritable bowel syndrome and Raynaud's disease, wanted the treadmill to help with an ankle complaint.

In 2014 she bought it and arranged to pay it in 72 instalments.

She initially won an argument for the $27 of the $42 each week to be included in her disability allowance.

However, High Court Justice Simon France says the ministry doesn't have to contribute to Ms Port's payments as it was a one-off cost and not an ongoing expense.

In his decision he also denied a request for name suppression, which would be futile as the matter was widely reported last year.

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