Disabled people would get a SuperGold Card-type discount card under a New Zealand First Government, the party’s leader says.
Winston Peters secured the SuperGold Card for pensioners as part of New Zealand First’s
confidence and supply agreement supporting the 2005 Labour Government. The card gives people on National Superannuation access to subsidies and discounts on things ranging from transport to household goods.
Now he says he wants to extend the service to 100,000 disabled New Zealanders. He told TVNZ’s Q&A programme today that he has long admired the way in which people with disabilities try to live worthwhile lives despite getting little Government support, and cited the example of a man who had no use of his legs but ran New Zealand’s largest gate-making company.
Peters could well be in a position to deliver on his promise; on current polling, New Zealand First could well hold the balance of power after the September 23 general election.