In my recent ACT Party conference speech I called for a referendum on options for the future of New Zealand Superannuation, with a view to ensuring we have a fiscally sustainable structure which can accommodate our lengthening life expectancy and the demographic reality of a rising proportion of retired-to-working-age people.
The objective is to ensure that the New Zealand Superannuation scheme is fair across the generations, and sustainable for future governments.
ACT Leader David Seymour is disappointed to read of Grey Power’s opposition to addressing the sustainability of NZ Super.
"In a press release, Grey Power president Terry King claimed that my call for a referendum process akin to the flag committee was ‘a cheap publicity stunt at the expense of retired people’," said Mr Seymour.
“Supporting a referendum on age isn’t about changing the system for current retirees. It’s about signposting a clear plan to ensure the system is sustainable as the population ages and people retire in the decades to come.
Only Businessman Robin Grieve, an orchardist and health and safety consultant, is the only Northland by-election candidate who’s supporting himself in the private sector. “A council bureaucrat, a career politician, a district councillor, and a self-employed businessman walk into a bar…”
"It's great that Winston Peters is finally taking an interest in Northland. But frankly we don’t need yesterday’s ideas from yesterday’s men in our region," ACT Northland candidate Robin Grieve said today.
"Peters has been rejected by Hunua and ousted from Tauranga - why would Northland now offer him a seat? His interest in the region has only just cropped up - New Zealand First did not even bother to stand a candidate in the general election just five months ago."