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Time to hold Political Parties to their election promises

Time to hold all Political Parties to their election promises.

As Chairperson of NZSP I took a bit of time researching NZ First policy on Seniors and pensions. Their web page states the following objectives:
New Zealand First will:
• Maintain NZS entitlement at 65 years, as a universal, non-contributory, publicly funded pension scheme with no means-testing.
• Raise the minimum residency requirement for full NZS from 10 to 25 years after age 20.
• Abolish Section 70 of the Social Security Act 1964 ensuring all NZS applicants will retain their overseas pensions without any deduction from their NZS or from their spouse’s NZS.
• End the labyrinth of bureaucratic complexities and unfairness caused by existing reciprocal pension agreements with other countries; Overseas pensions are no business of the New Zealand Government.

New Zealand Seniors Party on behalf of those affected by Section 70 (89,000 immigrants and 50,000 returning Kiwis) will hold NZ First to their election promises. We challenge Mr Peters and NZ First that if they find themselves in the position to be King or Queen maker that they make these policy’s a prerequisite to forming any coalition Government.

It’s time all political parties are held accountable for the promises they make to get themselves elected. New Zealanders have the right to demand honesty from their Political parties and politicians, they should be forced to resign if they make promises they cannot keep. If we cannot trust our elected representatives - who can we trust?

Paul Rea
Chairperson
NZSP

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National won 46% of the vote with Labour on 35.8%. NZ First won 7.5%, with the Greens on 5.8%. ACT held on to Epsom, but failed to get more MPs. The Maori Party were wiped out of Parliament.

There are still special votes to be counted, but clearly National is in the box seat to form the next Government.

The Greens can not contemplate a deal with National. So, Winston Peters will have to make a choice and could back National or a combined Labour/Green coalition. Full preliminary results >>

 

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