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


Politicians should listen to the Super 2000 Poll

Politicians should listen to the Super2000 Taskforce poll

"Age Concern calls on all political parties to take heed that 89% of people polled by the Super2000 Taskforce want political agreement on NZ Superannuation," says Dr Margaret Guthrie, Age Concern National President.

"New Zealanders are sick of Superannuation being a political football. "We are supportive of the present structure of the NZ Superannuation scheme. A universal, tax-funded scheme provides efficient and effective security of income for older people. But, if need be, Age Concern is prepared to support a move from the current system, which treats everyone the same, to one that gives the most assistance to those whose need is greatest - if that means more resources are available for education and health.

"Age Concern commends the Super2000 Taskforce for its plan to survey living standards of older people. No proper research has been conducted to determine the minimum level of income needed to ensure a reasonable quality of life for older people. "However, Age Concern is worried that the Super2000 Taskforce is over emphasising concerns about the increasing numbers of older people. Promoting active ageing policies, as recommended by the OECD, will enable both individuals and economies to cope well. Evidence is showing that people are living healthier and more productive lives for a much longer period than ever before.

"We also commend the exploration of options to safe guard the stability of long term income support in older age. Age Concern believes that exploration should include flexibility, as more people may choose to remain in full or part-time employment beyond 65," says Dr Guthrie. ENDS For further information please contact: Dr Margaret Guthrie, National President (hm) 0-4-233 9016 Age Concern is a not-for-profit, charitable organisation working to promote the well-being and quality of life of older people in New Zealand, since 1948.

Age Concern's new Policy Manifesto 1999 presents Age Concern position on NZ Superannuation and a range of other issues impacting on older people and the ageing of New Zealand society. This can be accessed in full at the Age Concern website: http://www.ageconcern.org.nz or copies can be purchased for $10.00 each.


© Scoop Media

Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

Gordon Campbell: On The Peters/Ardern Triumph

There are a lot of good reasons to feel joyful about this outcome. It is what so many young voters – the best hope for the country’s future – wanted.

Far more important than the implications for the Economy Gods ( is the dollar up or down? ) last night’s outcome will also mean many, many vulnerable New Zealanders will have a better life over the next three years at least.

Yet the desire for change was in the majority, across the country..>>>More


Labour on its agreement |Peters: Post-Election Announcement Speech | Greenpeace “cautiously hopeful” about new Government | ACT - Madman on the loose | E tū ecstatic | Chamber welcomes the outcome | Greens on their joining Govt | EDS welcomes new govt | Immigrant groups worry | Feds ready to engage new coalition government | Labour Ministers of the Crown announced


Climate: Increasing Greenhouse Emissions Hit NZ

New Zealand is seeing impacts of excess greenhouse gas emissions in our climate and oceans, according to the latest national report from the Ministry for the Environment and Stats NZ about the state of the atmosphere and climate…More>>


Wellington.Scoop: Arrests At Blockade Of "Weapons Expo"

“We encourage people in Wellington to get down to the Westpac Stadium now for a day of awesome peace action. There will be plenty of food, music and activities to keep us sustained through the day.” More>>


Rorschach Restructuring: PSA Taking Inland Revenue To Court Over Psychometrics

The Public Service Association will be seeing Inland Revenue in Employment Court over its intention to psychometrically test employees reapplying for their roles at the department as part of its controversial Business Transformation restructuring plan. More>>


Nuclear Disarmament: Nobel Peace Prize 2017 Awarded To ICAN

Congratulations from iCAN Aotearoa New Zealand to international iCAN, the other iCAN national campaigns and partner organisations, and the countless organisations and individuals who have worked so hard for a nuclear weapons-free world since 1945. More>>


Expenses: Waikato DHB CEO Resigns

An independent inquiry has identified that Dr Murray had spent more than the agreed $25K allocated for relocation costs, and other unauthorized expenses involving potential financial breaches of the chief executive’s obligations. More>>


Wellington.Scoop: Sad About The Trolley Buses?

The Regional Council’s MetLink is today spending money to tell us that it really loves Wellington’s trolley buses, even though they’re all being taken off our roads by the end of this month. More>>


Post-Election: Preliminary Coalition Talks Begin

New Zealand First will hold post-election preliminary discussions in Wellington with the National Party tomorrow morning and the Labour Party tomorrow afternoon. More>>




Featured InfoPages

Opening the Election