Thursday, October 26, 2017

YOU HAVE TO ADMIRE THE TRUE BELIEVER

Got a call this morning from a veteran who asked me if I thought NZ First's promise to raise the Veteran's pension by 10% over and above that of NZ Superannuation would be implemented before Xmas.

Had to disabuse him of that ... nice the thought but I put it in the same basket as the NZ First promise to res-erect the combat air force axed by Labour with the decision facilitated by wannabe Ron Mark when he went rogue and signed up to the Defence Beyond 2000 Report which said NZL could not afford it.

Promises made when you're in Opposition have a habit of coming back to bite.


11 comments:

Noel said...

From memory the the Veterans Pension for those over retiring age was always considered an alternative to New Zealand superannuation but with a couple of additions. To qualify the veteran must have served in a war and be qualified to receive a WDP of at least 70 percent.

Later, I forget the actual year, the 70 percent qualifier was done away with along with most of the additions for those who were not on any WDP.

In short it's become a bit like the Children Card where for most the only tangible out come of use was to identify to their GP that they were the offspring of an Vietnam Veteran.




Gerald said...

Perhaps he was pissed off watching the granny in front with her S Card getting the same discount as he gets from his V Card at the Mad Butcher?

The Veteran said...

Noel ... don't the add-ons still include an entitlement to the Surviving Spouse Pension for the wife/partner and maintenance of the pension in full should the recipient be admitted to long term hospital care?

Noel said...

NDunno they were when the threshold was 70 percent WDP, negotiated over the years to overcome deficiencies in the WDP and replace the Invalids Benefit for those unable to work before retiring age.

Anonymous said...

One of the delicious ironies of Mark getting defence is that it was Phil Goff who put NZ's signature to the the UN convention on the recruitment of mercenaries in 2004.

If RM's pay scale as a member of The sultanate of Oman's army was above that of a locally recruited person of the same rank then he pretty much meets the the UN definition of a mercenary as there is no treaty or agreement between Oman and NZ. The French Legion Etranger are not considered mercenaries as they are on the same pay scales as the French Army.

The UK are not signatories the convention precisely because of their shadowy links with the middle eastern military. Well done Labour, not crossing your T's or dotting your i's in the rush to to the top appointing a minister of Defence who may be a bit dodgy....not a good look.

Lord Egbut

Gerald said...

https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mercenary

Noel said...

Remind me again when was he employed?
https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_wars_involving_Oman

The Veteran said...

Egbut ... I don't need to be fair to Mark but it would be churlish of me not to acknowledge that he had a tortured upbringing and made it through that ... unlike his brother who is a gang member. As far as I'm concerned he served in the NZDF with honor. Can't comment about his time with the SSF. I do however think it was unfortunate that he did nothing to disown the impression he was happy to let run that that he served with the NZSAS.

I am unconvinced the wisdom of having the same person holding the Defence & Veterans portfolios. There can be creative tension between the two entities with VANZ very much the junior partner and under the operational control of CDF. In the event of a dispute between CDF and the Director of VANZ the Minister effectively has to argue against himself.

I wish Ron Mark well. There are others in Defence who view his appointment with trepidation. Certainly Mark will be a VERY hands on Minister.

Noel said...

VANZ should have alway been stand alone and funded to be able to best represent Veterans. Was always second fiddle to what ever Department it was in.
Latest Act review is a good example to presented by the CDF. Nah would have more faith in the outcome it was VANZs CEOs role.

Anonymous said...

Noel...Oman is an Islamic dictatorship or absolute monarchy with a dismal human rights record that was propped by the UK for "economic" reasons. It has always been at war with it's own people. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Human_rights_in_Oman

So it's OK to have a Minister of defence who once served, for profit, in the army of a country where freedom of speech and human rights, are non existent and where slavery was only abolished in 1970.

Lord Egbut

Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy said...

What? We're not going to get the 10% pay raise? I've ordered a new car!

They PROMISED!!!!!!!