National is committed to ensuring older New Zealanders have the security, wellbeing, and respect they deserve. They've worked hard and should be able to enjoy their retirement with dignity.
We're supporting older New Zealanders to live longer, healthier, and increasingly independent lives.
- Budget 2016 includes $41 million to support the SuperGold Card scheme – increasing mobility and providing more certainty for more than 670,000 cardholders across New Zealand.
- We've increased New Zealand Superannuation far ahead of inflation since we took office. Since 2008 the married rate is up by $249 a fortnight (34 per cent increase) and the single rate up by $162 a fortnight.
- There are now 8,000 businesses across New Zealand offering SuperGold Card discounts – up from 876 in 2008.
- ACC is investing $31 million over four years to support new and existing initiatives aimed at preventing falls and resulting injuries.
- A record 167,188 elective surgeries were delivered last year – 50,000 more than in 2009. Of those 70,130 were for over 65s, which is 42 per cent.
- We're supporting seniors’ health by increasing funding for aged residential care by $250 million while in Government.
- We've invested $76.1 million in Budget 2015 to improve hospice and palliative care.
- We've increased the rest-home bed subsidy by $10 million a year from 1 October 2014—a 5 per cent increase.
“The Government is committed to supporting older New Zealanders and enabling them to lead active, secure, and meaningful lives.” – Maggie Barry, Minister for Seniors