New Zealand Makes Changes To Superannuation Mobility

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Niue’s Toke Talagi says changes, however, ‘don’t go far enough’

WELLINGTON, New Zealand (Radio New Zealand International, Sept. 3, 2013) – The Premier of Niue says the New Zealand Government changes to the superannuation portability rules for realm countries don’t go far enough.

Toke Talagi says Niueans, as New Zealand citizens, should enjoy the same superannuation benefits as other New Zealanders.

Under the recently announced changes, Niueans will be able to leave New Zealand at the age of 55, after being resident and present in New Zealand for ten years from the age of 20, and collect their superannuation payments.

Leaders of the realm countries - Cook Islands, Tokelau and Niue - have long requested a more equitable system.

Mr. Talagi says it’s a good step, but he’d like further steps taken.

"It doesn’t go far enough. I was hoping that they will allow all citizens in the realm to be eligible for the pensions they enjoy here in New Zealand. I think it’s an excellent step, it’s just that I don’t think it went far enough, but I’m very pleased that they have done this."

[PIR editor’s note: Elsewhere, Cook Islands Prime Minister Henry Puna has welcomed the changes to the program, saying he can now attract Cook Islanders back home when age allows them to work and contribute to the Cooks' economy.]

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