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


Q+A: Diane Maxwell and Richard Wagstaff interviewed by Tame

CTU President Richard Wagstaff told Q+A he doesn’t accept alarmist warnings about the future of superannuation and believes the current scheme is affordable.

He says the debate over whether to change the eligibility for the pension should focus on the welfare of people:

“There’s a lot of people out there, particularly manual workers, particularly people who feel worn out, that are looking forward to getting to 65 - as it is that’s a bit of a reach. Moving the goal posts on them doesn’t feel good. They’ve paid taxes all their life. They’ve worked hard. They don’t have a nest egg to look after themselves, effectively privatising the care they want and the support. So we don’t feel this urgency. It feels like it’s been swept up into a disaster scenario. We don’t think it stacks up.”

“We’ve got people sitting around warm offices, around a laptop, designing a world that they don’t really live in. We need to think about the people who are out there, working hard, sweat and toil, and they just can’t survive.”

But former Retirement Commissioner Diane Maxwell says because New Zealanders are living longer, we have to make some hard decisions to ensure superannuation is sustainable.

"I don't want us to be in crisis before we acknowledge this change, this is a structural change in the population. Does it really have to be right up in front of us before we address it?”

Ms Maxwell agrees that some people will need to finish work earlier than others.

“So many people are working past 65, are healthier past 65 and living so much longer. So the question is, people need support at 65 - we know that – but what type of support are we talking about and should it be a pension? We are smart enough big enough and brave enough to work out a better plan for 65”

“We cannot wait until we reach crisis point”

Please find the full interview here.

Q+A, 9:30pm Mondays on TVNZ 1 and one hour later on TVNZ 1 + 1.
Streamed live at www.tvnz.co.nz
Thanks to the support from NZ On Air.
Q+A is also on Facebook + Twitter + YouTube

© Scoop Media

Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

Gordon Campbell: On Compensating Afghan Civilian Casualties

Reportedly, there have been nine incidents resulting in 17 civilian deaths and injuries (seven of the dead were children) caused by ordnance left behind on what used to be the firing range of our Provincial Reconstruction Team (PRT) in Bamiyan province.

Given that the NZ Defence Force has needed to be hauled kicking and screaming into belatedly arranging an adequate clean-up of its old firing range… what would it take before New Zealand offers to pay compensation to the families of those who suffered death and injury from what was left behind on our watch? More>>


Fossil Fuel Investment: ACC Must Lead On Climate Change

As the largest publicly owned investor in New Zealand, the ACC board should divest from fossil fuels, demonstrating our leadership role on climate change, Green Party MP Chlöe Swarbrick said today. More>>


Total Officers, Up Less: Coalition's 1800 New Police Officers

The Coalition commitment to add 1800 new Police officers to frontline policing has been achieved with the graduation of 59 constables from the Royal New Zealand Police College today. More>>


Predator Free: $3.5m For New Pest Controls

New Zealand First is proud to announce the Provincial Growth Fund (PGF) has allocated $3.5 million to develop innovative predator control approaches which will reduce the need for repeated 1080 use. More>>


Children's Day: Commissioner Calls For Govt Commitment

“Three decades on, we are able to celebrate some significant changes for children like the recent launch of a Child and Youth Wellbeing Strategy. But we still have a long way to go to prioritise children’s rights.” More>>


Elections: Proposed Electorate Boundaries Released

The Representation Commission is proposing changes to half of New Zealand’s electorates and establishing a new electorate in south Auckland… More>>


"Effectively A Permanent Amnesty": Final Month For Gun Ban Compensation

The firearms buy-back comes to an end a month from today, but the police say the amnesty for returning banned guns will continue into next year and beyond. More>>







InfoPages News Channels