What will can­di­dates do for el­derly?

In three weeks’ time the na­tion will have the chance to cast their vote in the gen­eral elec­tion. South Waikato News hits the streets to find out who res­i­dents will be vot­ing for and why.

South Waikato News - - NEWS -

Power to the peo­ple has gone out the win­dow ac­cord­ing to Len Hardy, who hoped to see oth­ers voice their con­cerns lead­ing up to the gen­eral elec­tion.

Iron­i­cally dressed in blue, the 69-year old Ara­puni res­i­dent will wave the red flag come Septem­ber 20.

As he clutched at a crum­pled news­pa­per con­tain­ing cov­er­age on the elec­tion it was clear he wanted to have his say this year.

Hardy hoped his voice would be enough to get the ball rolling and en­cour­age oth­ers to speak up.

But the na­tion has be­come ‘‘gut­less’’, ac­cord­ing to this re­tiree.

South Waikato News asked Hardy what is­sues the district faces.

‘‘They’ve [the Gov­ern­ment] got noth­ing for the old peo­ple, they’ve got to start look­ing af­ter them,’’ he said.

He said new gov­ern­ment needs to fo­cus on wages and work­ing con­di­tions us­ing trade union­ism.

‘‘ They’ve sold the work­ing peo­ple down the drain,’’ he said.

Re­sponse from can­di­dates in the Taupo and Te Tai Haua¯ uru elec­torates Jamie Strange – Labour Labour will es­tab­lish an Aged Care Com­mis­sioner to in­ves­ti­gate claims of elder abuse, ne­glect and fi­nan­cial mis­man­age­ment.

We would in­ves­ti­gate fund­ing the com­mis­sioner out of the $5.7 mil­lion an­nual bud­get of the Re­tire­ment Com­mis­sioner.

Labour will make GP vis­its and pre­scrip­tions free for peo­ple aged 65 and older.

Labour will ex­tend and im­prove the Care Plus pro­gramme so that a fur­ther 250,000 New Zealan­ders with long-term health con­di­tions can get free GP vis­its and a well­ness plan.

We be­lieve that work­ers need a strong plat­form of ba­sic stan­dards, in­clud­ing, a de­cent min­i­mum wage, the right to ne­go­ti­ate col­lec­tively, health and safety pro­tec­tions, a Liv­ing Wage, as well as ad­e­quate holidays, rest breaks, and re­dun­dancy pro­vi­sions. Louise Up­ston – Na­tional Un­der Na­tional, the age of el­i­gi­bil­ity for New Zealand Su­per­an­nu­a­tion will re­main at 65. Na­tional will also main­tain the link between su­per­an­nu­a­tion and 66 per cent of the av­er­age wage.

We will con­tinue to ex­pand the com­mer­cial ben­e­fits and dis­counts avail­able and ac­ces­si­ble to Su­perGold card hold­ers.

Se­niors may be el­i­gi­ble for the Com­mu­nity Ser­vices cards or Pre­scrip­tion Sub­sidy Cards – for peo­ple who have a lot of pre­scrip­tions a year. The High Use Health Card is an­other card which gives a gen­eral prac­tice a higher gov­ern­ment sub­sidy for pa­tients with high health needs.

Na­tional is pro­gress­ing New Zealand’s big­gest health and safety re­forms in 20 years with our Health and Safety Re­form Bill. The bill will play a ma­jor role in meet­ing our tar­get to re­duce New Zealand’s work­place in­jury and death toll by 25 per cent by 2020.

Na­tional has raised the min­i­mum wage ev­ery year we’ve been in of­fice. We be­lieve set­ting the min­i­mum wage rep­re­sents a care­ful bal­ance between pro­tect­ing low-paid work­ers and en­sur­ing jobs are not lost. Chris McKen­zie – Ma¯ ori The Ma¯ ori Party has always ad­vo­cated low­er­ing the age of en­ti­tle­ment to New Zealand su­per­an­nu­a­tion to 60 years

A lower en­ti­tle­ment age will al­low more eq­ui­table up­take of su­per­an­nu­a­tion for all cit­i­zens. All those who reach a cer­tain as­set thresh­old will be meanstested.

The Ma¯ ori Party would raise in­di­vid­ual and col­lec­tive liv­ing stan­dards through pro­mot­ing em­ployer in­cen­tives to in­tro­duce a liv­ing wage of $18.80 plus CPI ad­just­ments.

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