Pension stumbling block
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.