Te Mana Ahungarua Retirement Commissioner
Mana Ahungarua Retirement Commissioner
Kia ora. I was appointed as Retirement Commissioner for a three year term until 2023. It’s a privilege to lead thinking and advocacy concerning the financial wellbeing of people on their lifetime journey towards retirement – in whatever form retirement takes. I support my team’s work in financial capability upskilling, in monitoring retirement villages, and in developing accessible policy approaches to retirement income issues.
My background is in leading other Crown entities and a long career in media. My advocacy interests are in the economic wellbeing of older New Zealanders, equity, and in ensuring principled, evidence-based policy contributes to what can sometimes be heated debate.
Responsibilities of the Retirement Commissioner
The Retirement Commissioner's role was established under the New Zealand Superannuation and Retirement Income Act 2001. The Retirement Commissioner is appointed by the Minister of Commerce and Consumer Affairs.
Under legal mandate, the Retirement Commissioner is required to fulfil the relevant functions and requirements of the New Zealand Superannuation and Retirement Income Act 2001 and certain functions under the Retirement Villages Act 2003:
- Leading and coordinating of the National Strategy for Financial Capability to improve the financial capability of New Zealanders of all ages.
- Reviewing and reporting to the Minister of Commerce every three years on the retirement income policies implemented by government.
- Monitoring the effects of retirement villages legislation, administering the retirement village disputes process and appointing members to disputes panels as vacancies arise.
To contact the Retirement Commissioner please get in touch with the Governance Administrator, Rebecca Jenner:
P/ +64 9 356 1447