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Customer: Following my earlier email communications with Chris...and my inquiries about whether or not I could qualify for NZ Superannuation based on my NZ citizenship & my present age(71) and the residence requirements of 10 year + 5 year above 50....I would like to inquire if my residence in Greece in the past recent years at different dates and for various lengths of stay ...from a~ month up to ~6x months could be counted as " NZ residence " for the a/m requirement...as I am aware that Greece -NZ(New Zealand) have long established bilateral agreements regarding this issue...
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Waiting for your reply &comments ...thks
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Hi My name is ***** ***** I am a New Zealand lawyer based in Wellington with more than 42 years of experience. I am here to help with your questions.
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Thank you for another question

Unfortunately the residence in Greece does not qualify for superannuation. There are reciprocal pension arrangements but that may mean you could get a Greek pension, but not New Zealand superannuation

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Thank you for your reply and the info ...in that case , I would also like to inquire the following: in case I would be qualified for Superannuation with the a/m conditions of residence &age in NZ, and given the reciprocal agrrements between NZ & Greece, I wonder if I could claim my NZ Superannuation benefit during my next residence in Greece for a period <= 6x months ?
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No, you cannot do that unless you qualify for superannuation in New Zealand, and you do not qualify for that
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Thks again ..you just wrote the word "unless" and that is interesting for me...in my way of thinking...I make then the "logical "deduction ..that if I would be granted a Superannuation pension
in NZ... then I would be eventually allowed to live up to 6 months and yet benefit from the a/m pension income while resident in Greece...? Waiting for your brief comments?
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The problem is you do not qualify for NZ superannuation as I said in the previous question. If you did qualify you can negotiate to receive this overseas. but this will not happen as you do not qualify

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I hope to qualify ..provided I will reside in N.Z for the remaining 1.5 years....
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That would be best

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Thanks again for your interest and concern: Yes "that would be best!"as you say ....and I am pretty determined to return to NZ in 2022 and live for a minimum of ~1.5 years , i.e the minimum period of my residence requirements ...so to make my application and potential qualification for Superannuation...having said that ..I am still not certain how I could manage during these a/m period.....a" lifestyle "at my age and circumstances of student loan repayment incl.penalties etc.. and whether (& how much..of ....)financial assistance ..I would need and /or could claim from Work &Income Support etc...I could guarantee a small contribution ...~ a few hundred NZ dollars/month from my own retirement pension from overseas...
I wonder if my negotiations with Work &Income Support would have to end in a " legal process "for finalising ...?Your brief comments and legal advice on these issues would be very valuable for me...Regards Derya
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You will still need to start repayment of the student loan

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