New SuperGold Card website and app ‘big step up’ for scheme
A new SuperGold Card website and phone app have been launched by deputy prime minister Winston Peters, though only half of superannuitants have a smartphone to use it on.
The new app and website, part of a $7.7 million investment first announced before the Budget in May, has been touted as a “supercharge” of the card, one of Peters’ more enduring legacies.
While the card will not become a debit card or provide free doctors’ appointments,as promised in during the last election, a seniors group says the new businesses joining the scheme are a big “step up”.
Seniors Minister Tracey Martin and Peters launched the website at Sylvia Park mall in Auckland on Tuesday, where Peters held up the first SuperGold Card: his mother’s.
Peters said the card had been neglected by the previous Government, “so plenty of work was needed to supercharge it”.
“That has been achieved, and it’s going to help make it easier for seniors to get a bit more out of their superannuation.
“People, for example, getting their tyres renewed can get as much as 20 per cent [off] – these are serious discounts.”
More than 750,000 people over 65 have a SuperGold Card. More than half a million use the internet and about half, 375,000, have a smartphone.
The SuperGold Card phone app essentially operates as a directory of the 5500 businesses which offer discounts.
Countdown, Spark, The Warehouse and Qantas are among 500 companies that signed up to the scheme during the upgrade.
Martin said the card had entered the digital era for the growing number of tech-savvy seniors.
“We needed to find a way we could be more instantaneous … making sure our seniors could know, what are some of the drop discounts in there, like Qantas, or what were some of the discounts in their community, near them.”