Pen­sion stum­bling block

The New Zealand Herald - - EDITORIAL & LETTERS -

I was born in Auck­land, went to school here and spent 20 years in the armed forces. Worked in a se­cu­rity com­pany af­ter that and left NZ at 52 to take up an over­seas post.

I have just re­turned aged 65 and ap­plied for a pen­sion. The an­swer: No. What! You need to spend five years be­tween 50-65 work­ing in NZ to be el­i­gi­ble for a pen­sion.

Fair enough to have a Winston Peters means test be­fore get­ting the pen­sion granted but this stum­bling block means I have to wait three years to qual­ify. Now I sit and lis­ten to NZ politi­cians say­ing the same things they did 13 years ago. It’s time for a change.

Michael O’Shea, Otahuhu.

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