18 Jun 2015

Getting NZ Super now easier for some Pasifika peoples

7:54 pm on 18 June 2015

New Zealanders wanting to return permanently to the Cook Islands, Niue or Tokelau will now be able to do so after the age of 55 without losing their eligibility for New Zealand Superannuation.

The Social Assistance (Portability to Cook Islands, Niue and Tokelau) Bill has now passed its third reading.

The Bill allows people to apply for New Zealand Superannuation while they are resident in the Cook Islands, Niue or Tokelau.

Previously a person had to be 'resident and present' in New Zealand at the time of application.

New Zealand's Social Development Minister, Anne Tolley says the Bill allows people to return home and contribute valuable skills for up to ten years before applying for New Zealand Superannuation.

Those eligible must have lived in New Zealand for 10 years since the age of 20, five of which must be after the age of 50.