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Superannuation takes centre stage in Ikaroa-Rāwhiti debate

Superannuation was a key subject put to the floor on Kōwhiri 14's debate last night, with Green's Henare Kani, Māori Party's Marama Fox, MANA Movement's Te Hamua Nikora and Labour's Meka Whaitiri speaking on the issue.

This comes after a 72-year-old kaumātua having to continue working despite being eligible for the 'Super'.

The candidates for Ikaroa-Rāwhiti squared off in the Kōwhiri debate last night.

The Māori Television political poll has Labour Party candidate Meka Whaitiri in the lead to win the seat which she won during last year’s by-election.

These two kaumātua from Tokomaru Bay both work as shepherds, despite being eligible for superannuation.

Currently, elders 65 years old and over are eligible to a pension ranging from around $200 to over $500.

There are more than 33,000 registered to vote in Ikaroa-Rāwhiti, where another issue of concern for the electorate is the amount of rates on Māori land and how Māori can benefit from their ancestral whenua.

Furthermore, to Meka Whaitiri's reservations, Te Hamua Nikora is worried about the intention behind the review of the Ture Whenua Māori Act.

According to Māori Television's Reid Research Poll, education is the most important issue for Ikaroa-Rāwhiti.

Monday's Kōwhiri 14 poll results with the Tāmaki candidates will reveal whether Tāmaki voters are worried as well.