Hon Tracey Martin, Minister for Seniors
Minister for Seniors, and New Zealand First MP Tracey Martin made a pre-Budget funding announcement at the Grey Power Federation AGM, announcing a range of initiatives to improve the wellbeing of seniors, including funding to enhance the SuperGold Card through a new digital platform.
The SuperGold Card is a key policy of New Zealand First, launched by the Rt Hon Winston Peters in November 2006. Connecting seniors across the country to their communities through travel concessions and business discounts, $7.7million has been allocated towards developing an app and updating the SuperGold website to be launched by the end of 2019.
The announcement also included funding for Digital Literacy Training to empower senior citizens, and changes to ACC which mean older people who are still working and are seriously injured will no longer have to choose between receiving NZ Superannuation or ACC weekly payments.
“This allows an injured person’s financial situation to more closely reflect their income. That’s only fair – especially as we are going to increasingly want older people to stay in paid work if they want to,” says Tracey Martin.
These initiatives are a significant step towards improving the quality of life for our seniors and future-proofing the support available to our senior population.