Golden gift for mother
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.
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.