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Budget 2024: Focused on essentials, delivering results

No bells. No whistles. Just the basics done well to rebuild the economy, restore law and order, and deliver better public services. That is what I have signalled for the upcoming Budget which will be unveiled on the 30th of May. We have listened as people have told us they are...

Embracing a great privilege

Being appointed as Minister for Seniors is a great privilege. I am looking forward to ensuring that all older New Zealanders have a voice and are represented on the wide range of issues that affect them. It is important to me that our country both acknowledges and values the contributions...

National will deliver for seniors

National deeply values New Zealand’s senior citizens and recognises the immense contribution that you have made to this wonderful country. No matter your stage in life, nobody is immune to the effects of sky-high inflation, which is driving the cost-of-living crisis and creating more pain for Kiwis at the checkout,...

Labour is in it for you

I firmly believe that after a lifetime of hard work, everyone in this country deserves to retire with financial security and support. Labour’s first policy of the 2023 election campaign made a range of commitments to give New Zealanders certainty about their retirement. I know that people are finding it...

Standing up for seniors

This general election is the most critical of our lifetime. Why? Because the New Zealand we know and love is hanging by a thread. Things are failing everywhere, all at once. Our economy is imploding, our healthcare system is broken, and all our costs are going skywards. We need to...

Policies rooted in fairness

For too long New Zealand governments have eroded the dignity of our senior citizens who have provided a lifetime of work, taxes and support to get the current generation to where it is today. Their taxes have financed the education, healthcare and other facilities currently enjoyed by today’s working...

The time is now to provide a better future – for all walks of life

The Green Party believes that a good society is one that provides for everyone to thrive no matter their age or ability. Ever since the founding of our Social Security Act in 1938, Kiwis have believed in the right for everyone to have a reasonable standard of living. We believe...

Grey Power – General Election Report

Each general election year the Grey Power NZ board agree to an election strategy that aims to firstly inform general election candidates whose parties are above the 5 percent threshold of our concerns and to provide our policy on some current issues facing older people. And secondly to ascertain what...

The Rates Burden – Part One

If central government increased taxes at a rate greater than inflation every year for 20 plus years – there would be rioting in the streets – but that is what central government encourages local governments to do – every year. As the country’s demographics change and the population ages, new...

Doing basics well

I know things are tough for many New Zealanders right now. That’s why this year’s Budget is practical and does the basics well. It focuses on easing the cost of living pressures New Zealanders are facing, while making targeted investments that will grow our economy into the future. When I...
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