Golden gift for mother

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NZ First leader Win­ston Peters has awarded his 96-year-old mother Joan a mod­est baubleof-of­fice — the first Su­per­Gold card is­sued to those over 65.

In front of about 150 Grey Power mem­bers yes­ter­day, Peters said it was his staff’s idea to give his mother the first card.

Joan Peters sat with a grand­daugh­ter in the front row as her son launched into a seven-page speech on the card. He broke it up by strid­ing down to his mother to give her a box con­tain­ing the card.

‘‘This is a mother of 11 tax­pay­ing chil­dren, and with many, many grand­chil­dren and great-grand­chil­dren,’’ he said.

She had worked hard nearly all her life, and he could not think of any­one more de­serv­ing.

Asked later whether he could wear a ne­po­tism charge, he seemed briefly lost for words.

‘‘There are some peo­ple in this world whose idea of char­ity and good­will is per­verse.’’

His mother, Peters said, did not have to be talked into ac­cept­ing it.

Photo: Do­min­ion Post

That’s my boy: a proud smile from Joan Peters as her son, New Zealand First leader Win­ston Peters, hands her the first Su­per­Gold card.

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