Are there different rules for pension?

Friday March 28, 2014 Published in Letters to the Editor
Grey Power members previously protested the rules of their New Zealand-paid pensions. 13110133 Grey Power members previously protested the rules of their New Zealand-paid pensions. 13110133

Dear Editor, I was informed last night that a couple came back to live in Rarotonga eight years ago.

Without mentioning names (he being a local, she a papaa), they went to Internal Affairs to see about the eligibility of the pension she was told when she turns 60 (next year) the pension will be put into her bank account. I will have been here eight years in September and was told I have to be here 20 years.

This lady might have put more into the community then I have, but I suppose doing security for the Pacific Mini Games (for free); security at the National Auditorium for events that happen there including not only crowd safety but also for the VIP guests; and security for the Pacific Forum, which may I add had the Pacific’s Leaders plus Hillary Clinton, may not be enough.

Can someone explain to me the reason I have to wait 20 years when a Cook Islander over the age of 50 can go to NZ for five years and get the NZ pension. And when was the law passed, because my Member of Parliament can’t remember it being passed.

Again unfair

Nikao

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