High-profile economist and entrepreneur Gareth Morgan is about to get $20,000 of taxpayers’ money, but he doesn’t want it.
The former leader of The Opportunities Party (TOP) turned 65 on Wednesday and wants Kiwis to decide what to do with the superannuation allowance he’s now entitled to.
Morgan has set up a poll asking whether he should use his pension to buy a new motorcycle every year or two, give it to charity, let the government keep it or some other option.
TOP campaigned in the lead-up to last year’s election to means-test New Zealand superannuation.
Gareth is right to highlight the superannuation should be means tested (so longs as costs of doing so were much lower than the money it would save). Welfare should be for those in need, not an entitlement.