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Super Gold Card Angel Winston Appears To Save Baffled Pensioner

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Winston Peters
Winston Peters

Wellington, Nov 6 NZPA - Taita pensioner Helen Scurrah was having a frustrating spot of bother with her Super Gold Card today, when the man who founded it appeared in front of her eyes.

Ms Scurrah, 67, was baffled to be told by the Pomare Union Health Centre in Lower Hutt that she could not use the card, as it had expired.

She thought the card, a New Zealand First election pledge in 2005, could not expire so she was at a loss, until a campaigning NZ First leader Winston Peters appeared at the centre door.

Mr Peters was just about to turn away, saying he didn't want to impose on those seeking medical care, when Ms Scurrah bailed him up.

"It's expired," she said waving her card at him.

"Well that's wrong, they never expire," Mr Peters said, striding to the centre reception.

Mr Peters got a very good reception from the receptionist: "here's that man I see on TV", she said, then berated following reporters for being so mean to him.

Mr Peters within minutes sorted out the problem, which required paper work to fix, and Ms Scurrah was happy.

"They told me my card had expired," she said.

"Then I saw Winston Peters, and I thought `well, if he comes up this way I'm going to ask him'. It was just the right time, he was out there."

The Super Gold Card was part of the New Zealand First confidence and supply agreement with the most recent Government.

It allows seniors to access commercial discounts from Super Gold Card business partners.

It replaced the Community Services Card for eligible cardholders aged 65 and over, and the Super Card.

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