Not so Super

August 30th, 2007 at 7:08 am by David Farrar

The concept of a card for Seniors is not a bad one. In fact it was National’s policy in 2005, as well as NZ First. But it sounds like the implementation leaves a lot to be desired:

Lower Hutt Grey Power treasurer John Cable has a simple message for SuperGold card architect Winston Peters, the NZ First leader. “He could have done better.”

Ted Duffill, immediate past-president of the Hastings-Havelock North branch of the lobby group, was more abrupt.

“It’s the biggest con job since Orson Welles broadcast that the world was being invaded by Martians,”

“It’s disappointing,” said Mr Cable, 83. “… It’s going to go down with pensioners like a lead balloon because of the very narrow range of things it offers.”

Mr Duffill, a Korean War veteran, said his local Grey Power booklet offered better deals, and he was bemused by the “veterans” SuperGold card, which carried no special benefits.

“The only difference is that it has a ‘v’ on it. I asked why would I want a card with a ‘v’ on it, and they said, ‘So people know you are a veteran’.”

Hope Winston wasn’t relying on the Gold Card to get him re-elected.

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19 Responses to “Not so Super”

  1. dave_c__ (49 comments) says:

    I’m sure they’ll be queuing for drumming lessons at 20 percent discount !
    Laughable – pathetic – tpyical but expected

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  2. tim barclay (886 comments) says:

    Perhaps Winston is giving the “V” to all those people who were silly enough to vote for him.

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  3. cubit9f (356 comments) says:

    I have perused the list of “Service Providers”.

    Many will hold little attraction for older consumers. The vast majority offer the same sort of discounts and benefits to any customer who is savvy enough to seek them.

    The big ones that would give senior citizens are not there and probably unlikely to ever be.

    Overall it is actually a bit cynical. In particular the Veterans card is a sham. It doesn’t offer anything other than recognition perhaps. But then again no government likes veterans.

    But then look at who has been pushing all of this. Winston had to deliver something to his adoring public. Tauranga in the bag?

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  4. Inventory2 (10,085 comments) says:

    Begs the question – what is dying faster – Winston’s support, his constituency or his credibility?

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  5. Yvette (2,683 comments) says:

    So we are slowly getting New Zealand First’s 1000 more police, but they are accepting recruits with criminal records and/or low IQ’s to do it, and now we have a SuperGold card that doesn’t touch power or fuel or anything much important and apparently a Veterans card is no different, apart from identifying you pointlessly as a Veteran, which in the present Labour/Green environment may not be an advantage. But I don’t see either of these outweighing Winston’s betrayal of promising to act from the cross benches issue by issue, but then immediately becoming Labour’s Foreign Minister and propping up Helen’s Government. And whether this lying bugger now pays back the taxpayer money misappropriated last Election matters little.

    “Hope Winston wasn’t relying on the Gold Card to get him re-elected.”

    Winston isn’t getting re-elected.
    Even if he comes up with the REAL dirt on John Key – who would believe him?

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  6. slightlyrighty (2,496 comments) says:

    Yet another policy that gives a headline, but no real substance. It is a non-solution that we have come to expect from this administration.

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  7. The Perfect Man (88 comments) says:

    So far just a pathetic vote buying attempt. Perhaps it will come to be something more substantial but I have my doubts.
    Oldies who need the most help saving on their expenses aren’t usually those zipping around the malls buying up luxuries. No, those struggling to pay their way need real help with paying for basics like utilities, fuel, rates, phone, clothing and teabags. If they had those covered they could enjoy themselves quite happily. Instead they’re probably getting offered GC discounts on sunnies, gym wear and pool cleaning services.

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  8. CraigM (694 comments) says:

    heard a funeral director on ZB this morning saying he was suprised to see he is the only one from his profession that has got involved.

    He expects a lot of business. Talk about target marketing.

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  9. Frank. (607 comments) says:

    “Full of sound and fury signifying nothing”.

    They were wise to it centuries ago but cons go on.

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  10. Barnsley Bill (973 comments) says:

    Firstly let me say that I think peters is a venal self serving fucktard, his baubles of office comment has proven to be a LIE to rival the worst of helen Clarkes efforts.
    However, he does deliver to his constituency, the sg card is new and they will build on the services and products offered.
    Nobody leverages influence better than winston, his pitifully small number of MP’s have propped up this regime and he has extracted his 30 pieces of silver extremely well

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  11. gd (2,286 comments) says:

    We lag well behind Australia in how we treat our senior citizens and in particular the dwindling band of returned service men and women.

    The RSA has long tried to get the same sort of deals as the RSL but the pollies here are a mean bunch of bastards especially the Socialists who actively depise those who fought for their country.

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  12. cubit9f (356 comments) says:

    gd – absolutely right

    But despite absolutely agreeing with your last paragraph they none the less milked the emotion of veterans service to the enth degree.

    Helen has visited and utilised more commemorations than any other PM for political purposes.

    Just look at the meal she has had with the recent VC winner. She also constantly upstages the Gov Gen who is constitutionally the Commander in Chief.

    It is rash politicised hypocrisy

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  13. Insolent Prick (417 comments) says:

    What a sham.

    How incompetent do you have to be to launch a fly buys for old people loyalty scheme, and not manage to attract a single energy retailer? This is potentially a huge target market for retailers, and not a single energy company has come on board.

    The card doesn’t offer anything that a loyalty scheme doesn’t do. The Government isn’t throwing any money at it–except the millions upon millions of dollars advertising its existence.

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  14. Frank. (607 comments) says:

    The Gold Card is a plagarised version of thr Grey Power Card operating in some areas.

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  15. pdq (82 comments) says:

    I am informed that in these modern times “V” refers to Viagra.

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  16. baxter (893 comments) says:

    The cost of the advertising campaign will amount to far more than the collective total of benefits applied for under this pathetic scheme. How Peters has the effrontery to hold a grandstand opening for it beats me. He says that as time goes by other benefits will accrue. Does he intend to put out another booklet and advertising campaign each time a new retailer joins?

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  17. side show bob (3,660 comments) says:

    Beware of poodles bearing gifts.

    Gold card my arse, this works the NZst voting machine, just swipe, instant poodle.

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  18. Rex Widerstrom (5,253 comments) says:

    Winston should have learned his lesson when he licensed an Upper Hutt pensioner to print 5,000 8 x 10 colour pictures of himself in the belief the Grey Power mob would snap them up to put above the mantelpiece alongside MJ Savage. All proceeds to NZF of course. I think around 5 sold.

    And when the disillusioned pensioner asked whether perhaps Winston might like 4,995 colour photos of himself for the price of the printing, he was told to shove them where Grey Power is now telling him to shove his Gold Card.

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  19. hinamanu (2,352 comments) says:

    A Veteran ??

    Being a veteran in this country means nothing

    one day a year is all the vets get.

    Jim Bolger told the R S A members ‘they had lived too long’
    when they were fighting for agent orange redress.

    Being labelled ‘veteran’ just shows we are being more Americanised

    And Bush is stripping Veteran rights any way.

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