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AMP And Good Returns Launch Superannuation Debate


Online finance magazine Good Returns and leading financial services company
AMP have joined forces to launch a new website to promote New Zealanders
views on retirement savings. The site, at www.supertalk.co.nz, was launched

www.supertalk.co.nz is interactive. Visitors to the site this week will be
asked to vote in a poll on the first topic for debate: Should New Zealand
Superannuation be a universal entitlement or a means tested benefit? The
innovative site also features commentary, opinion, policy and a discussion
AMP General Manager John Drabble says www.supertalk.co.nz is an important
vehicle for stimulating debate on superannuation in New Zealand.

Because of the uncertain framework on superannuation, some people aren't
doing anything to prepare financially for their future and that's a real
concern, says Mr Drabble.

However regardless of whether the parties debating superannuation reach a
consensus or not, the issue of planning for retirement is clearly one which
affects every New Zealander. That's why everyone needs to take
responsibility for this issue and I encourage you to contribute to the
debate at www.supertalk.co.nz, he says.

Good Returns/Supertalk editor Philip Macalister says supertalk.co.nz is
ground breaking in the way it tackles superannuation. Instead of just
providing a discussion forum, the site will have a broad range of resources,

- columns
- regular news coverage
- political parties' superannuation policies
- analysis of those policies
- polls
- discussion forum

"In the past, for instance around the referendum, debate tended to get
diverted away from the major issues onto some of the peripheral ones. We
plan to break Superannuation into its various components, and have articles
and debates on the constituent parts. The idea is that the debate would
remain focussed on the key issues," Mr Macalister says.

"By better educating readers it will become easier to establish broad
consensus around the key issues," he says.

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