Vicky Freeman told the New Zealand Herald that she was unware that her face and that of her daughter’s, taken from stock images, had been used on the front of the budget.
“A friend just messaged me and said: ‘You’re all over the news.’ And I was like ‘what, what have I done, I’m not even there,'” Freeman told the Herald.
“We moved to Auckland to do the TV thing but I couldn’t pay the rent. Sometimes I would have to hire a sitter to look after my girl while I went and did some TV work and I was paying the sitter more than I was coming home with because I was passionate.
“I didn’t do it a lot because it made me feel kinda stupid, paying a 15-year-old sitter more than what a single mum is making. It was crazy.”
Thursday’s budget revealed record-levels of investment in mental health and child wellbeing.