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.
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
021 053 8707
Vice President - Annie Percy
021 608 221
Secretary - Graeme Faulkner
021 049 8572
Treasurer - Murray South
Publicity Officer - Brian McNamara
022 012 4509
To be the appropriate voice for all New Zealanders