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Greedy bigots make a travesty of Human Rights
Letter from Bob Newcombe (http://migrants-to-nz-beware.info/) to National's Communications Advisor Cameron Cotter before the General Election on 
20 September 2014:

Dear Cameron Cotter,

Your understanding and acceptance of the direct deduction of our pensions from our entitlement to New Zealand Super, shows your lack of knowledge or even caring about the effect of this direct deduction by outdated 1938 Section 70 of the Social Security Act has upon the quality of our lives.

The fact that two Ministry of Social Development reviews in 2004/2005 of the legislation brand it as unfair and discriminatory and which seems not to register with most MPs or most likely beyond their comprehension.

The Human Rights Commission commissioned a review of Section 70 from the Retirement Policy and Research Commission at Auckland University and which also agrees, yet with all this evidence against the government with MPs like you keep the rort going.

Even John Key in public in 2008 admitted that if we have paid for our pensions, which we have, we should keep them and then ignored the problem, but there you go, that's politics for you and especially John Key, he of convenient memory loss.

The IRD recognises that the UK state pension pension for women which is drawn by women here at age 61 as earned income, yet on entitlement to NZS, Section 70 reclassifies the pension as a benefit and therefore subject to direct deduction.

Even the most ardent supporters of this injustice can't fail to see the discrepancy and unfairness involved.

David Cunliffe is publicly on record admitting he has been approached by constituents about the unfairness and true to form ignores the complaints but has admitted that Section 70 needs revising.

The mantra that you, Paula Bennet and other bigoted MPs trot out is a travesty of our Human Rights and at a time when you MPs have your snouts in the tax payers trough to the tune of around $38,000 added to your pensions pots, money you have not earned whilst the pensions that we have are taken off us.

The evidence is overwhelming, you only have to have to dig deeper into the subject to understand the facts and they are not too difficult to understand so perhaps even you might be able to do so.

As you probably know, NZ Super is unaffected by any amount of wealth, incomes, pensions or assets yet for the 64,000 of us, it is not true.

In a nutshell, we are the only group in society that is forced to pay for our NZS out of incomes we have worked and paid for, so there you are Cameron, it is as simple as that and yet you say it is fair.

The UK government for decades ran the same kind of injustice but this time against men entitled to its State pension and other aged related benefits.

State pension age: men 65, women 60.

Free bus pass entitlement: men 65, women 60.

National Insurance contributions ends: men 65, women 60.

Prescription charges end: Men, 65. Women 60.

On the death of a husband, women a widows pension.

On the death of a wife, men on their own, no widower's pension.

Like our fight here for justice, the same fight against the injustices in the UK all failed because of the closed minds of MPs like you.

Consequently, two equal rights groups in the UK, Liberty, https://www.liberty-human-rights.org.uk/ and Parity http://www.parity-uk.org supported men's challenges against these injustices in the European Court of Human Rights and the British government LOST ON ALL COUNTS.

So you see Cameron, bigoted greedy governments like yours, can be beaten.

The way to do it is to drag it before a higher international Human Rights Courts and that is why a group of us have submitted a complaint against the New Zealand government to the United Nation's Human Rights Council and with all the evidence of the reviews, forced release of emails from civil servants to MPs warning them that Section 70 is outdated and wrong, we are confident we will win, so be prepared to wash egg off your face.

Nicky Hager's book shows National for what it is, a slimy, self serving, souless entity, a total stranger to equality and fairness, friend of the wealthy and corporations and we accept that justice will never come from MPs like you, but you know Cameron, life like politics it can take unexpected turns.

National may well need New Zealand First and United Future to stay in power and both these parties are against the injustice, we await the election with great interest.

And finally if as we expect, the UNHRC finds in our favour, we will push the Council to force the government to repay the billions of dollars legally but immorally stolen off us.

Have a nice day, enjoy your MP perks, goodies and ever bloated pension pot.

Kind regards,

Bob Newcombe,


Twitter: @nzpensionvictim

This is the letter a pensioner received from Cameron Cotter and Bob Newcombe refers to:

"Seniors have worked hard and deserve to enjoy their retirement. That’s why, in the past six years, National has supported seniors by increasing all rates of Super by 28 per cent. This is significantly higher than inflation of 15 per cent, and for a married couple, means an extra $249 a fortnight.

National is committed to maintaining support for Seniors by keeping Superannuation linked with 66 per cent of the average wage and keeping the eligibility age at 65. This is a promise Prime Minister John Key has made to New Zealanders.

Regarding the specific issue of the direct deduction policy, the Government is committed to supporting superannuitants including those who live in New Zealand but may be eligible for an overseas pension.

The direct deduction policy ensures equity between the rate of superannuation paid to New Zealanders who’ve lived here their whole lives, and to migrants who are eligible for both an overseas pension and New Zealand Superannuation."

Cameron Cotter is even wrong by claiming NZ Super is at 66% of the average wage. It is at 66% for a couple, meaning for a single pensioner it is at 33%.

This standard letter is proof that things are not getting fair only by repeating the same rubbish over and over again. And it would be even worse if this man believed what he wrote.