Gordon Campbell | Parliament TV | Parliament Today | News Video | Crime | Employers | Housing | Immigration | Legal | Local Govt. | Maori | Welfare | Unions | Youth | Search


Have your say on proposed changes to Superannuation

(Headline abbreviated, original headline: Have your say on the proposed changes to New Zealand Superannuation and Veteran’s Pension)

The New Zealand Superannuation and Veteran’s Pension Legislation Amendment Bill proposes to amend five different pieces of legislation. This type of bill is known as an omnibus bill, which can propose changes to multiple Acts if the changes deal with an interrelated topic and implement a single broad policy.

The single broad policy for this omnibus bill is to modernise and simplify New Zealand Superannuation and Veteran’s Pension, which both fall under the topic of social assistance for older people.

The five Acts that the bill seeks to amend are:

• New Zealand Superannuation and Retirement Income Act 2001

• Veterans’ Support Act 2014

• Social Security Act 2018

• Income Tax Act 2007

• Tax Administration Act 1994

The bill aims to amend how entitlements are assessed, specifically by shifting the assessment of entitlements towards an individual basis. This is intended to simplify the current law which involves a Spousal Provision, whereby an individual’s entitlement is affected if their partner has an overseas pension. This means that this class of people will no longer have their assessment affected by the circumstances of their partner. The bill also seeks to improve consistency across the current legislation.

Tell the Social Services and Community Committee what you think

Make a submission on the bill by midnight on 1 December 2019.

For more details about the bill:

Read the full content of the bill

Get more details about the bill/petition

What’s been said in Parliament about the bill?

Follow the committee’s Facebook page for updates

© Scoop Media

Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

Gordon Campbell: On Why Sustainable NZ Isn’t Self-Sustaining

Asking whether this new, environmentally focussed party can make the 5% MMP threshold may be the wrong question...

Its more achievable goal would be to knock the Greens below the 5% threshold, while along the way reviving all the ancient stereotypes about the centre-left being implacably hostile to rural New Zealand. More>>


Report On Consultation: Future Of Tomorrow's Schools

“The 1989 Tomorrow’s Schools reform introduced one of world’s most devolved schooling systems where each school operates largely in isolation of each other... It empowered local communities and modernised an overly bureaucratic system but also led over time to uneven outcomes between schools.” More>>


Queensland Fires: NZ Firefighters Helping Battle Blazes

Twenty-one New Zealand firefighters are departing for Australia to help fight the wild fires that have been raging in Queensland for the past nine weeks. More>>


In NZ:

Discussion Doc: 'Firearm Prohibition Orders' Power For Police

“In practice this may mean a person subject to a FPO could not live in or visit a property where firearms are held, even if the firearm owner is licensed. They could not be in a vehicle which is carrying a firearm. They could not go hunting even under supervision..." More>>


Police: Armed Response Team In Low Level Arrest, 'Preventative' Patrols

Police later said the stop was entirely appropriate, and resulted in the man being arrested without incident for "breaching conditions". More>>


Children's Commissioner Comment: Damning Oranga Tamariki Review Of Uplift Case

“The practice review released by Oranga Tamariki today is rigorous and robust. However, it describes a litany of failure at every step. It is a damning indictment of inadequate social work practice. Many social workers will welcome the light being shone on this case." More>>


Environment Commissioner: ‘Huge’ Data Gaps Undermine Stewardship

Environment Commissioner Simon Upton says ‘huge’ gaps in data and knowledge undermine our stewardship of the environment and is calling for concerted action to improve the system. More>>

  • Image via Out-Link - Focusing Aotearoa New Zealand’s environmental reporting system
  • Science Media Centre - Measuring changes to our environment – Expert Reaction
  • Local Govt NZ - LGNZ backs call for better environmental reporting
  • Environmental Defence Society - EDS endorses Commissioner for the Environment’s report
  • Federated Farmers - Environment data gaps no basis for current policy swings



    InfoPages News Channels