Eligible Cook Islanders can now spend five years between the ages of 50 and 65 in their realm country and will still be eligible for full “super”. However, 10 years before the age of 50 must be spent residing in New Zealand.
The announcement comes as a relief to many families as the Cook Islands has been asking for this for some time. Sepuloni, who is the New Zealand minister for social development, worked with the Minister of Foreign Affairs to push the change through by January 2019.
She thanked thanked Minister for Pacific Peoples, Aupito William Sio and Labour MP Poto Williams who supported the change.