I also hope to hear from her about how the school pool will be funded.
Thank you for getting in touch with me regarding the Super Gold Card.
National is committed to the SuperGold Card off peak travel scheme, and has increased funding by $8 million a year since its introduction in 2008, taking it from $18m to $26m per year.
In 2013 the scheme offered approximately 630,000 SuperGold Card holders in New Zealand increased mobility and greater access to their community.
The current review of the SuperGold scheme is looking at whether to lift the current moratorium on new services, and how smart card technology can be incorporated to improve the scheme, among other things.
Cardholders’ entitlement to the concession or the eligibility of current services receiving the SuperGold transport concession will not be affected – these are specifically outside the scope of the review terms of reference. That means there are no issues in terms of eligibility for Waiheke services.
The review is expected to be reported to Cabinet in the coming months.
Hon Nikki Kaye
MP for Auckland Central
I have also asked Nikki to comment on the other hot topic for Waiheke, a school pool. She has shown support for a school pool but the community is still in the dark about how this is to be funded. Ratepayers, who will have very limited, if any, benefit from a school pool, should not be expected to pay for a school facility, especially the massive on-going operational costs. It is a Ministry of Education issue.
I hope to hear from her soon, but fully understand she is pre-occupied with the election at present. I wish her well.