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Pension portability a bonus for elderly to return to islands

13 March 2018

Posted in: Pacific Radio News,

By Ruci Farrell - ruci.farrell@pmn.co.nz

Retired civil servant Filipo Lui says pension portability is one of the best ways of getting elderly Tokelauans to return home.

The 70-year-old says it will save Tokelauan senior citizens more than $1500 in travel costs, the 26-hour boat trip to Apia, as well as return flights to Wellington, just to collect their super.

Mr. Lui worked in Wellington's civil service for 43 years and says the cost of travelling to and from Tokelau can swallow up most of the fortnightly pension.

"It's difficult to travel, coming by boat to Samoa and then catch the plane to Auckland. If you live outside Auckland you'll have to fly again to other parts of New Zealand," he says.

"It's a good idea to make people go back home."

Pension portability for Tokelauns, Niueans and Cook Islanders is expected to come into effect next January.

Tags: Tokelau,