Beneficiaries to be taught how to get the most out of Work and Income

Beneficiaries will be given welfare rights training at a community hui in south Auckland on Saturday.

It will be the first of a series of workshops designed to clue-up people on their Work and Income entitlements.

Auckland Action Against Poverty spokesperson Ricardo Menendez says the community needs to fight for their rights, as the Wellbeing Budget failed to raise baseline benefits or improve wait times for social housing.

"An increase in benefit levels would be the very least the Government could be doing, in recognition that they haven't substantially gone up in four decades."

One positive in the recent Budget was that benefit levels would be indexed to the average wage, Menendez told Newshub in May. But he also called it a "tokenistic move by Government that does not address the calls by the Welfare Expert Advisory Group for an urgent increase of core benefit levels of up to 47 percent".

Saturday's hui is open for anyone to attend. It'll be held at the Wiri Community Hall at 12:30pm, and there will be a sausage sizzle, kids zone and artists.