Cam­paign­ers aim to bring down elder poverty

South Waikato News - - NEWS -

Or­gan­is­ers of a new cam­paign tar­get­ing old-age poverty say there is a por­tion of older New Zealan­ders head­ing to­wards re­tire­ment who aren’t pre­pared.

‘‘ A lot of peo­ple head­ing to­wards re­tire­ment are not fi­nan­cially se­cure,’’ Not So Su­per-An­nu­a­tion? cam­paigner Khim Vann said.

Vann is one of 15 Univer­sity of Waikato stu­dents be­hind the ini­tia­tive to en­cour­age fi­nan­cial self-suf­fi­ciency for New Zealand- ers head­ing to­wards re­tire­ment.

‘‘What we wanted to cre­ate is an aware­ness among the tar­get au­di­ence of 45-55-year-olds, to start sav­ing now.’’

A key mes­sage is that re­tirees can­not rely on su­per­alone.

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