A ‘Have Your Say’ campaign has been launched for seniors as the next step in the National Party’s 2020 election policy development process.
National Party leader Simon Bridges says the party wants all New Zealanders to live enjoyable and meaningful lives.
“We’re making sure we do the work in Opposition so we’ll have the plans and policies in place should we earn the right to govern again in 2020.”
Bridges criticised the current Government for failing to do its “homework” and wants to start its policy development early.
“New Zealand has an aging population so we have a unique opportunity to work with older New Zealanders to ensure we help get them the support they need.
“We want to see a high-performing health system that helps people lead longer, vibrant lives. At the moment 70,000 Kiwis are living with dementia today, and by 2050 it will be over 170,000. We need to make sure there is a range of care support for the elderly and their families. We also want to look at aged care services and how they can be improved.
“We want to provide certainty for New Zealanders when it comes to retirement. That means a robust superannuation system.
“The opinions of all New Zealanders matter to us, we value the contribution of older New Zealanders and we want to keep connected to our communities so we can develop meaningful policies that will improve lives.”