Story: Older people

Retirement age

Retirement age

Since February 1999 it has been illegal to discriminate against employees 16 years or over on the basis of their age. Until then many people had to retire from paid work when they reached 65. After that date, no one could be forced to retire on the basis of their age. Retirement was a matter of choice and negotiation with employers. Despite this, many older workers continue to retire around this age. This 2004 cartoon featuring a manager and his older employee plays on the contemporary idea of a flexible retirement age and, in a comical way, acknowledges that some people – either through choice or circumstance – continue to work well into older age.

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Cartoon by David Fletcher

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Peggy Koopman-Boyden, 'Older people - Demographics of older people', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, http://www.TeAra.govt.nz/en/cartoon/26686/retirement-age (accessed 26 September 2020)

Story by Peggy Koopman-Boyden, published 5 May 2011, reviewed & revised 22 Aug 2018