20 May 2013

Grey Power regional leader says group out of touch

10:14 pm on 20 May 2013

A regional Grey Power leader is threatening to remove his branch from the national body, saying the organisation has lost touch with the needs of its members.

The vice-president of the Upper Hutt Grey Power Association says the national board is bogged down in lobbying and is not achieving results for the impoverished elderly.

Colin Bosley Bosley says 68% of Grey Power members have difficulty accessing decent health care and affordable housing.

He says change is needed at the top of the organisation and he intends to run for national president at next year's annual meeting.

The association's president, Robert Bryan, says about half of the branches in the lower North Island would consider breaking away from the national body.

But spokespeople from Nelson, Wainuiomata, New Plymouth, Hawke's Bay, Hastings, Dannivirke, Horowhenua and Manawatu branches say leaving is not an option.

Horowhenua Grey Power president Mike Coupe believes the Upper Hutt association should apologise for its comments.

Mr Coupe says he is not aware of any branches considering breaking away and the issue will be discussed at a meeting on Thursday.

National president Roy Reid says the organisation lobbies hard for its members, but is unlikely to achieve any rise in the current superannuation rate.