Pension rules have no exceptions

Wednesday April 02, 2014 Published in Letters to the Editor
Two mamas seen last year holding decorations weaved at aged care provider Are Pa Metua. 13112993 Two mamas seen last year holding decorations weaved at aged care provider Are Pa Metua. 13112993

Dear Editor, I would like to clarify the eligibility criteria for the Cook Islands Old Age Pension in reference to a letter to you published on Saturday March 29 2014.

Eligibility to the Cook Islands Old Age Pension is prescribed in section 40 of the Welfare Payments Act 1989 (and subsequent amendments made in 1992-93).

A person that is Cook Islands Maori and has reached the age of 60 must show that they have lived in the Cook Islands for at least 10 years over their life and have resided in the Cook Islands for a continuous period of 12 months before applying for the pension.

A person who is not Cook Islands Maori that has reached the age of 60 must show that they have lived in the Cook Islands for at least 20 years and have resided in the Cook Islands for a continuous period of 12 months before applying for the pension.

The law provides no exceptions to these rules. A non-Cook Islander married to a Cook Islander must show that they have lived in the Cook Islanders for at least 20 years, regardless of their contributions to the Cook Islands or whether they have been granted permanent residency, to be eligible for the Cook Islands old age pension.

Members of the public are welcome to visit the Welfare Division for clarification of these rules and other rules that may affect the on-going eligibility.

1 comment

  • Comment Link Mr Peiaa Teinangaro Sunday, 29 June 2014 18:25 posted by Mr Peiaa Teinangaro

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    I am sorry, that I can not comment on the Cook Islands Pension, I can, on the New Zealand Pension, because, I am one of them........

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