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Auckland makes push for retiree HOP cards

NZ NewswireNZ Newswire 24/05/2016
The Auckland cards cost $10 and also require an additional minimum credit of $5. © Getty Images The Auckland cards cost $10 and also require an additional minimum credit of $5.

Auckland Transport is set to make a major push to get as many retirees to take up the city's travel smartcard as the SuperGold card looks to be usurped.

But opponents say many pensioners could be left without their public transport concessions and the change should be scrapped.

From July 1, those currently using SuperGold cards - which give seniors discounts and concessions including free transport in off-peak hours - in Auckland will need to also buy a HOP smartcard to keep receiving the travel perks.

The Auckland cards cost $10 and also require an additional minimum credit of $5.

On Wednesday, Auckland Transport will hold a meeting in the city's CBD to discuss the launch of a campaign to get as many SuperGold card users to swap to smartcards.

The announcement comes after NZ First Leader Winston Peters called for the move to be dropped, saying there had been a failure to sign people up to the new system.

He said Auckland Transport had only managed to sign up about 60,000 SuperGold Cardholders since the government announced the change in December, while another 140,000 had yet to get HOP cards.

Those without the cards risk being left without their perks in six weeks' time.

The change was brought in by the government to more closely monitor ballooning travel concessions nationwide, although Auckland is the only area affected on July 1.

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