Former WW2 soldier Selwyn Clarke, who is one of the last remaining members of the 28th Maori battalion, had his pension stopped after he failed to appear in court following his involvement in a land occupation at Kaitaia Airport.
The 90-year-old says he went off to fight for his country’s freedom as a young teenager and thought he would receive the pension for the rest of his life.
The veteran was the first of five to be arrested for trespassing by police following a protest occupation at Kaitaia Airport last year.
This ruling by MSD should not apply to pensioners/superannuants. They receive their payments as of right.