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Gareth Morgan Answers Public Call to Give His NZ Super Away

Gareth Morgan Answers Public Call to Give His NZ Super Away

Philanthropist and Opportunities Party Founder Gareth Morgan is pledging his taxpayer- funded superannuation to charity after asking the public what he should do with it.

An overwhelming 72% of those who responded to Dr Morgan’s online survey opted for the charity option with 18% saying he just shouldn’t claim it and 10% of the view he should keep it and enjoy it.

But, Dr Morgan is going a step further, pledging to match dollar-for-dollar the first 100 superannuitants that pledge one year’s worth of their NZ Super to the children’s healthcare charity his family’s charity, The Morgan Foundation, is establishing.

“We have 20% of children in need of primary healthcare or GP services who are being denied access from our so-called public health service”, Dr Morgan said. “The reasons are varied but include some GP practices being unable to coordinate with patients who cannot afford to take time off work to make appointments. No prizes for guessing which income and ethnic groups are worst off”, he says.

“This is where the priority of taxpayer spending should be, solving the bottlenecks in primary healthcare for low income families – not on giving NZ Super to people who don’t need it, that’s just obscene”.

The project will create a $3 million-dollar fund that The Morgan Foundation is looking to apply to schools, kindergartens and other child caring organisations that are endeavouring to ensure children under their charge get timely help from primary healthcare providers.

Those superannuitants prepared to be members of the first 100 Elder Carers should email childhealth@garethmorgan.com.

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