An old-age pension was first introduced in 1898 – New Zealand was among the first countries in the world to provide one. To be eligible men and women had to be over 60 and earn below a certain income. This 1898 cartoon features Premier Richard John Seddon. The inscription at the bottom of the cartoon reads, 'An old friend with a new face / Santa Claus Seddon to party of sexagenarians: "You've not been forgotton this time, old boys. There's a stocking full like this for every one of you."'
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