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New Zealand Seniors Party

The party called it a day on 24 February 2018
Founded in June 2016, in the hope of representing Section 70 sufferers in Parliament at some point, the New Zealand Seniors Party closed on 24 February 2018.

Chairman Paul Rae made the following statement to party members:

"Despite numerous approaches to our members asking for people willing to join the executive and help with the day to day running of NZSP no one has stepped up and offered their services.

A small number of people on the executive cannot do all the work required and run both their own businesses along NZSP as some of us have been doing for the past couple of years.

Finding ourselves in this situation with our own business requiring more and more of our time both my wife and I reluctantly decided to resign as Chairperson and Membership Secretary of NZSP and step down from the executive.

An executive meeting was held in Cambridge on Saturday 24th February to discuss the future of NZSP at which we tendered our resignations to the executive and handed over the interim chairmanship of the party to Paul Norfolk. Finding no one willing to take over the chairmanship of the party Paul Norfolk took a vote from the remaining members of the executive and a unanimous decision was made to close the party as of the end of February.

NZSP original vision was to unite all pensioners in New Zealand to gain
representation in parliament with the specific purpose of working in the
best interests of seniors. 

We expected a large number of the 89,000 affected by S70 and the 75,000 returning Kiwis with overseas retirement savings to join the party and fight for their rights to retain their retirement savings from overseas. Unfortunately, this did not happen either because of apathy or because of fear of losing their NZ pension. We did
manage to gain some traction in the media regarding S70 but even this did not encourage those affected to join NZSP.

Regardless of the reasons the decision has now been made so arrangements are now in place to take down the website and close the email, Facebook and bank account as of the end of February.

On a personal note as this is my last correspondence with you all I would just like to thank those who supported NZSP and wish you all the best for the future. It has been a privilege working for NZSP and getting to know our members, but the time has come to finally call it a day.

Regards

Paul Rea"



How the Seniors Party started in June 2016
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.


The Senior Party's guidelines
  • 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. 
  • Now is the time to stand up and be counted and have dedicated representation in Parliament. 



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