Super Summit Agenda

Thursday, 21 March 2024
9am – 4.30pm 

Public Trust Hall, Wellington 


Registration, tea & coffee, housekeeping


Welcome from Te Ara Ahunga Ora Retirement Commission

The Retirement Commissioner will provide an overview of the day, setting the scene for a principled and informed discussion about NZ Super and its future.

Retirement Commissioner Jane Wrightson


Session 1: Superannuation – a fiscal challenge or opportunity? 

This session will dive into the fiscal realities and challenges of NZ Super, both now and in the future. Panellists will share their views on current policy settings and offer their assessment of the social and economic case for maintaining the policy status quo or pursuing change. 

Professor Gail Pacheco, Professor of Economics and Director of the NZ Work Research Institute, AUT 

Max Rashbrooke, Senior Research Fellow (adjunct) in the School of Government, Victoria University 

Associate Professor Susan St John, Pensions and Intergenerational Equity (PIE) Hub, University of Auckland  

Dr Bryce Wilkinson, Senior Fellow, The New Zealand Initiative 

Moderator: Pattrick Smellie, Business Desk  


Morning tea


Session 2: Super and the next generation - hopes, fears and realities  

What do younger people think of NZ Super? Panellists will share their views on the social, economic and political landscape shaping younger lives. They will also discuss the role NZ Super could, or should, play for the generation of New Zealanders reaching retirement age in the 2060s.  
Ricardo Menéndez March, Green MP and Spokesperson for Social Development

Kendall Flutey, Co Founder & CEO, Banqer 

Max Salmon, Research Fellow, New Zealand Initiative 

Oliver Neas, Writer, Barrister and Editorial Director, 
Moderator: Jack Tame, TVNZ’s Q+A and Saturday Mornings on Newstalk ZB




Session 3: Purpose and Principles – what’s NZ Super for?

This session will examine the social purpose of NZ Super and the principles that should guide retirement income policymaking in the years ahead. Panellists will also share critical reflections on current policy settings and share views on how to ensure the New Zealand retirement income system is equitable and fair for all

Todd Krieble, Deputy Chief Executive, New Zealand Insitute of Economic Research

Professor Tahu Kukutai, Te Ngira Institute for Population Research, University of Waikato

Associate Professor Sacha McMeeking, Executive Director Māori, Pacific and Equity, University of Canterbury

Dr Alison O’Connell, Retirement Income Interest Group, researcher on longevity, pensions, and risk

Moderator: Dr Jordan King, Policy Specialist, Te Ara Ahunga Ora Retirement Commission


Session 4: Politics – is political agreement on NZ Super possible?

Across the OECD, pension policy is a sensitive and politically contentious to navigate. New Zealand is no different, with previous reforms (or proposals to reform) NZ Super proving controversial. This session explores the importance of, and difficulties with, cross-party dialogue and consensus on pensions policy.

Hon Peter Dunne, former leader United Future Party and senior cabinet minister

Hon Lianne Dalziel, former Labour Party MP and senior cabinet minister

Hon Simon Power, former National Party MP and senior cabinet minister


Moderator: Linda Clark, former political journalist


Closing remarks   

Retirement Commissioner Jane Wrightson