About Grey Power Marlborough

Grey Power is a politically neutral non-profit society dedicated to advocating for the welfare, interests, and concerns of citizens in the 50+ age group. Membership with Grey Power Marlborough is open to all citizens/residents living in Marlborough, New Zealand, who are 50 or older. The fees paid by members are our primary source of funding, allowing us to continue our mission.

Grey Power Marlborough hosts meetings on topics of interest for members. The Committee also meets regularly with the Mayor & Local MP to discuss matters of mutual interest and concern.

         

History

In 1939, the New Zealand Government set up a self-perpetuating pension scheme into which New Zealand workers paid 7.5% of their income 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 so the Grey Power New Zealand Federation Inc. was created (February 1986). While Grey Power’s original reason for formation was opposition to the surcharge, the federation is now also involved in a range of matters relevant to citizens and residents aged 50+ including (but not limited to) health, housing, energy, human rights, social services, local bodies, law, and justice, all while staying politically neutral.

Since its inception, Grey Power has achieved recognition with media and government alike on matters pertaining to older New Zealanders. Results that Grey Power has been effective in achieving nationally include:

  • Removal of the superannuation surcharge

  • Lower doctors’ fees

  • Lower pharmacy fees

  • Lower tariff electricity

  • Improved regulations for rest homes

  • Initiation of an annual clothing allowance for grandparents raising grandchildren

To read more about Grey Power's work as a national body, visit www.greypower.co.nz

If there is an area of concern which you believe would affect people aged 50+, we invite you to contact us.

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 superannuation entitlement.

  • To strive for a provision of 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 (as of January 2022)

     President - Gayle Chambers

          president@greypowermarlborough.co.nz

          021 053 8707

 

     Vice President - Annie Percy

          021 608 221

     Secretary - Graeme Faulkner 

          greypowermarl2@xtra.co.nz

          021 049 8572

 

     Treasurer - Murray South

     

     Publicity Officer - Brian McNamara

          022 012 4509

     Executive:

          Russell Hopkins
          Sharon Blount
          Robyn Blackburn
          Alan Washington

Mission Statement

 To be the appropriate voice for all New Zealanders