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Baby boomer group unhappy with retirement changes

Alice Webb-Liddall

A pensioners' advocacy group has spoken out against National's proposed retirement age rise.


'Morally indefensible'

A pensioners' advocate group has spoken out against the National government's latest retirement age policy, saying raising the pension age to 67 is "morally indefensible".

Prime minister Bill English announced his government's plans last Monday to gradually increase the retirement age from 65 to 67, beginning in 2037. The plans would not affect anyone born before 1972. 

President of 'Grey Power', Tom O'Conner, believed the National government was getting ahead of itself.

"We don't know what the world is going to be like in twenty years time, we don't know what the economy is going to be like in twenty years time, we don't even know what the social structures are going to be like in 20 years time."

Generations falling in front of the 1972 cut-off took to social media to express their feelings about the proposed change. The student loan debts are a recurring theme, with many young people feeling hard done by about paying off debts the older generations didn't have to worry about. 

Young people aren't happy with the proposed rise of retirement.
Young people aren't happy in comments underneath an initial report on the policy introduction.

O'Conner said the proposed policy was already creating argument between 'millennial' generations and 'boomers'.

Young people should "be very careful that the far-right politicians don't drive a wedge between you and your grandparents", he said. 

"We're on the same side."