Acting Prime Minister Winston Peters says that good policy is required to ensure elderly citizens will be treated fairly.
In June, RadioLIVE’s Mark Sainsbury launched a petition to Parliament calling for a champion to be created for New Zealand’s elderly citizens.
“We are concerned the interests and rights of our elderly citizens are not being protected. The Children's Commissioner advocates for protecting the rights of our children, so where is the advocate for our elderly?” his Change.org petition explains.
Mr Peters said while he’s not “knocking the idea”, real change will come once politicians stick to their promises.
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“Let’s back it up with some sound, factual policy that actually delivers improvement to peoples’ lives,” he told RadioLIVE.
“You can have a retirement commissioner, you can have this person and that person and everybody else. But in the end, you need the politicians to actually keep their word and not give them bulldust after the election.”
Listen to the full interview with Winston Peters above.
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