The new political party will fight Section 70
Media Statement - 06.06.2016
A new political party has been formed at a meeting of disgruntled pensioners in Wellington. The name of the party is the New Zealand Seniors Party. It will be registered and intends to stand candidates in the 2017 General Election.
An initial party executive was formed with representatives from Auckland, Wellington, Christchurch and additional members from the Provinces. The Executive Committee is currently setting up the party’s infrastructure.
Seniors make up almost 15% of the population
With nearly 700,000 people of pension age (over 65), representing almost 15% of the population, New Zealand’s seniors are becoming aware of the need for a more meaningful representation in the nation’s political arena and want their voices to be heard.
The lack of interest shown by the Government to the complaints on items such as Section 70 of the Social Security Act 1964, and their unwillingness to debate the subject in the house, plainly shows how seniors are being treated by their so-called representatives.
The fight against Section 70 – the unfair deduction of employer/employee-funded overseas pensions from NZ Super – is one of the topics the New Zealand Seniors Party will focus on.
Fairness and justice for all - and return to common sense
The new party’s goal is to achieve fairness and justice for all New Zealanders, as fairness for those who have reached pension age already will be fairness for future generations of pensioners. The party’s guideline will be the return to common sense, a trait that seems to be seriously lacking in the current administration.
Today’s seniors are tired of being ignored and dictated to by politicians, government departments and their overpaid staff. They are not willing to remain invisible. They are educated and bring a lifetime of experience and knowledge to the table, and they are certainly capable to take an active part in the running of their own country.
Australian pensioners have already formed a political party as they too have been ignored far too long. Exactly the same is now happening here in New Zealand.
Now is the time to stand up and be counted and have dedicated representation in Parliament.
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How to become a member
To obtain membership registration forms and be included in the Party’s mailing list, send an email to the following address: firstname.lastname@example.org
The new party's guidelines