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United Future to modernise SuperGold Cards

NZ NewswireNZ Newswire 10/09/2016

Peter Dunne © Mark Tantrum/ Getty Images Peter Dunne United Future leader Peter Dunne wants to make the SuperGold Cards used by older New Zealanders more modern.

He wants them to be a recognised form of identification and to be used for healthcare information. And they should be able to be used on public transport without purchasing other cards.

He announced the "Super-Me" policy at the party's annual general meeting this weekend.

"The idea of Super-Me allows the gold card to go through a much-needed upgrade which will deliver better services to those who use it and empower them to have more control over their information," Mr Dunne said.

People get a SuperGold Card when they get New Zealand Superannuation, which kicks in at age 65, or are on a veteran's pension. The card allows them to claim discounts and concessions.

Cardholders can travel for free on off-peak public transport services in many areas in New Zealand.

Mr Dunne is the party's only member of parliament. The party has a confidence and supply arrangement with the National-led government.

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