It looks unlikely there will be any change to the age of eligibility for national superannuation despite Bill English saying he wouldn’t continue John Key’s commitment to not change it – see English open about superannuation.
English said there could be small changes to National’s Super policy but nothing drastic.
David Seymour has taken the opportunity to push for raising the age, but ACT are unlikely to be in a position to demand it in any coalition negotiations.
Winston Peters has confirmed that no age change is a bottom line for NZ First – Winston Peters’ coalition hinges on retirement age.
Mr Peters has promised the age would stay the same, at 65, and has made it one of his top bottom-lines going into any post-election deals.
“Not reneging on promises made to the retired and soon-to-retire people of this country is very important,” he told Newshub.
While “one of his top bottom-lines” doesn’t sound definite it would be a big shock if Peters agreed to an age increase. This is one policy he has remained consistent on.
The Maori Party is also unlikely to support any increase.
With Māori life expectancy rate lower than that of the general population, the Māori Party wants Māori and Pasifika to be exempt from any increase.
One of its policies is to reduce the superannuation age to 60 for Māori and Pasifika people.
So it is unlikely that National will push for an increase in election policy unless it looked like they could get a majority on their own, and it would be a huge surprise if they did have a majority on their own.
And Andrew Little has scrapped Labour’s Super age increase policy so if they form the next government it is unlikely to be considered.
This makes all the conjecture and political posturing a bit pointless.
UPDATE: English has just said on RNZ that there will be “no change to the entitlement” but it wasn’t clarified exactly what that refers to eg age or amount or universality.
On RNZ Peters has just said that it’s not a bottom line for NZ First but that people could trust their consistency on the Super age for the past 25 years. “We’re not going to compromise”.