STOP THE NEW ZEALAND GOVERNMENT PENSION INJUSTICE
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NZ Super is often fondly referred to as a universal pension, inclusive and adequate.
However the Social Security Act 1964 contains a draconian trap for unwary superannuitants. Under Section 70, the Direct Deduction Policy (DDP) the Ministry of Social Development may deduct the value of any partner's overseas state pension from their entitlement to NZ Super. No warning of this penalty is given to New Zealand senior citizens or intending immigrant seniors. In effect some unlucky seniors suffer a discriminatory income test that is not applied to the majority. Pre-election Jacinda Ardern called this "an injustice and in her mind, a Human Rights Violation." Why have we heard nothing since?
How can one avoid this penalty? Well don't look for companionship in a new relationship or fall in love with a foreign citizen who receives an overseas state pension. If you do team up with such a person, don't live together in NZ. If you do decide to live in NZ, don't live together in the same house.
Our government politicians know very well that this is unjust and immoral so why no action to change this inequitable law?
An unofficial online petition has been started here to push for reform of this law. Names are not revealed unless you agree to that and it costs nothing, so please help the unfortunate victims by supporting this petition. Thank you
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