SuperGold Card eNewsletter - November 2014

Emailed information sent to SuperGold Card holders. If you would like to receive these eNewsletters you can request this online from our Seniors website. See instructions at the bottom of the page. Note: emails from us will come from the email address: msd_communications@rnmk.com. Please add this to your address book or safe list so our emails don't get deleted as SPAM - we'd like to keep you informed of the latest SuperGold/Seniors news.

Welcome to the last eNewsletter for 2014. We hope that you find the items below helpful and of interest.

Information for the holiday period

NZ Super/Veteran’s Pension payment dates

This year payment dates over the Christmas/New Year period will not be affected by public holidays.

  • The last pay date before Christmas is on Tuesday 16 December
  • The next pay dates are on Tuesday 30 December and Tuesday 13 January 2015.

To view the 2015 payment calendar go to the Seniors website: www.seniors.msd.govt.nz

Office hours

Our offices will be open during standard business hours on 23 and 24 December and 29, 30 and 31 December and 5 January.

  • Service Centres/Super Centres/Community Link offices will be open 8.30am – 5.00pm
  • Our Call Centre freephone (0800 552 002) will be available 8.00am – 5.00pm.

Veterans' Support Act 2014 - what's it all about?

The Veterans' Support Act comes into effect on 7 December 2014.

Key changes in the Act: More people 65+ will become entitled to a Veteran's Pension, and Veterans under 65 will be able to apply for a new compensation payment.

  • If you’re 65+ currently receiving a Veteran’s Pension, there’ll be no change to your entitlement.
  • If you’re 65+ currently receiving NZ Super you may now be entitled to a Veteran’s Pension if you have qualifying operational service.
  • If you’re under 65 years receiving a Veteran’s Pension, you may be entitled to the new compensation payment administered by Veterans’ Affairs NZ.

Seniorline - helping to naviagte services for older people

If you need support to stay in your home, or you’re making the transition to a rest home or hospital care, Seniorline can help.

They’ll help you work out your options and the steps you need to take.

Seniorline is a free service for older people, friends, family, and health professionals.

Contact Seniorline at 0800 725 463 or www.seniorline.org.nz


Follow the Office for Senior Citizens on Facebook

The Office for Senior Citizens has set up a Facebook page to raise awareness of issues affecting older people. The page provides updates on the work they’re doing, as well as news items, research and videos.

The Office for Senior Citizens is administered by the Ministry of Social Development.


Remember to keep your card with you over the holiday break and search our online directory to find out where you can make some great savings.

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Wishing you a happy and safe holiday break. From the SuperGold Card/Seniors Team, Senior Services, Ministry of Social Development.

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