A good NZ First bill

The Herald reports:

New Zealand could be a step closer to increasing the minimum residency required to get New Zealand after a bill proposing an increase from 10 to 20 years was drawn from the parliamentary ballot.

New Zealand and Australia currently have the lowest residency requirements in the OECD at 10 years for eligibility to the state pension while the average across the OECD is 26 years.

But a bill put forward by New Zealand First MP could change that, if it gains support from other political parties.

Patterson’s bill proposes raising the minimum residency from 10 to 20 years after the age of 20 – meaning a childhood spend in New Zealand would not count towards the qualification.

I think 10 years is too short a period to qualify for NZ Super. So the bill should be supported.

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