Budget announcements for older New Zealanders

21 May 2019.

Find out what is in the budget for you.

The Wellbeing Budget includes three initiatives that will help seniors stay connected and improve their financial position.

The most significant is $7.7 million to upgrade and enhance the SuperGold Card including building a new digital platform for card holders and businesses.

As part of the changes the SuperGold website would be upgraded and easier to use. A new SuperGold app, linked to the website, would also be created to help show seniors where the card can be used when they are out. These will be launched before the end of 2019.

Businesses – currently there are more than 9,300 businesses with around 14,000 outlets offering SuperGold discounts – will also be able to interact with the website better and they will also be provided with standard promotions like posters so people can see where they can get discounts.

The Wellbeing Budget also contains new money for Digital Literacy Training for seniors, and provides for ACC changes that better support working superannuitants who are injured.

The Budget contains $600,000 to provide some computer training and skills for those who need it.

The ACC changes, which will begin on 1 July, will mean that those older people who are still working and are seriously injured will no longer have to choose between receiving NZ Superannuation or ACC weekly payments.

As part of the changes if an older person is entitled to weekly ACC compensation for a personal injury, they will be able to receive those payments along with NZ Super or the Veteran’s Pension for up to two years.

For more information go to the Beehive website.