In 1939 the Government set up a self-perpetuating pension scheme and New Zealand workers paid 7.5% of their income into it until the Government amalgamated this into a consolidated fund 20 years later. Then, before the 1984 elections, politicians promised that Nation Superannuation would “..not be run down or changed in any way”. Still the Government imposed a surcharge on Superannuation. Many were incensed by the broken pledges and the “Grey Power New Zealand Federation Inc” evolved. While Grey Power’s original reason for formation was opposition to the surcharge, it is now involved in all aspects of New Zealand Superannuation, Health, Energy, Human rights, Social Services, Local bodies, 50 plus, and Law, order and justice.
Since it’s inception, Grey Power has achieved recognition with media and Government alike on matters pertaining to older New Zealanders. Grey Power is a non-profit society funded, primarily by membership fees. It is politically neutral. Grey Power’s mission statement today still remains. “To be the appropriate voice for all New Zealanders”
Grey Power is a lobby organization promoting the welfare and well-being of all those citizens in the 50 plus age group.
In Marlborough we have a committee who have portfolios to ensure our members are well represented in many areas for this age group of people. If there is an area of concern which you believe would affect people aged fifty plus, make contact with us so that we can try to help you the best we can.
Grey Power Marlborough are involved with social housing and are keen to see more houses built to support the need. We hold regular monthly members meetings with topics of interest for our members. Meetings are attended with the local MP and Mayor with our members interest at heart.
Grey Power Aims and Objectives
- To advance, support and protect the welfare and well being of older people.
- To affirm and protect that statutory right of every New Zealand resident, to a sufficient New Zealand Superannuation entitlement.
- To strive for a provision of a quality Health Care to all New Zealand residents regardless of income and location.
- To oppose all discriminatory and disadvantageous legislation affecting rights, security and dignity.
- To be non aligned with any political party, and to present a strong united lobby to all Parliament and statutory Bodies on matters affecting New Zealanders.
- To promote and establish links with kindred organizations.
- To gain recognition as an appropriate voice for all older New Zealanders.
Visual Personality of our Organisation
- Strong and active but not militant
- Friendly and mature
- Acting with dignity and integrity
- Having the wisdom of age
- Adding to quality of life
- A positive organisation to be associated with
Grey Power Marlborough Executive Committee 2020-2021
- Graeme Faulkner
- Vice President
- Gayle Chambers
- Annie Percy
- Publicity Officer
- Brian McNamara
- Committee Members
- Eleanor Kietzman, Brian Ross, Shona Currie, John Leader, Russell Hopkins, Barbara Hutchinson
Marlborough Community Services phone numbers
- Urgent Phone 111, Non urgent Phone 579 4870
- After Hours Chemist
- Springlands Pharmacy 9 am – 6 pm 7 days a week. Phone 578 2271
- Diabetes Marlborough
- Office hours 9 am – 3 pm Monday until Thursday Phone 577 5549
- Marlborough Women’s Refuge
- Phone Wairau Hospital Phone 520 9999 for contact number
- Age Concern
- Phone 579 3457
- Blenheim Phone 5785279
Picton Phone 5203120
Havelock Phone 5742011
- Alzheimer’s Marlborough
- Phone 577 6172
- St John Blenheim office
- Phone 578 0797
- Marlborough Health Hub
- Phone 520 6200
- St John Health Shuttle bookings
- Phone 0800 333 781