Policy change excites meeting

Monday March 12, 2018 Written by Published in Politics
‘Leaving on a jet plane’…suitcases wait at the foot of the mobile stairs as the RNZAF jet which carried the New Zealand delegation from Tonga to Rarotonga is readied for departure on Thursday afternoon.18030805 ‘Leaving on a jet plane’…suitcases wait at the foot of the mobile stairs as the RNZAF jet which carried the New Zealand delegation from Tonga to Rarotonga is readied for departure on Thursday afternoon.18030805

New Zealand Labour Party MP Carmel Sepuloni posted this photo of members of the visiting New Zealand delegation and Cook Islands cabinet ministers on Facebook, shortly after it was announced to the Cook Islands government that the superannuation portability legislation would be changed under the New Zealand Labour government.

 

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. 

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