Car salesman Vince Jones (65) at work in Dunedin. Photo by
Twice as many Otago pensioners are working than a decade
Statistics NZ Figures reveal a 106% increase in Otago
superannuitants in paid work between 2002 and 2012 - 3507 to
7233. They accounted for 3.3% of those working in Otago in
2002 and 5.9% in 2012.
In Southland, the increase was 75% (2046 to 3600) and
nationally 98% (71,511 to 141,735).
Car salesman Vince Jones (65), of Dunedin, said he had been
collecting his pension since October last year.
''It's certainly not enough to survive on.''
He had no intention of stopping work at Gilmour Motors,
because living a sedentary retired lifestyle was
unimaginable. He said he was too young to retire.
''Every decade, people are feeling younger - I do anyway.''
As people lived longer, they needed to work longer to pay for
the extra years of living, he said.
''It's quite scary to think what one might need to live to 80
Older workers were not keeping young people out of jobs, he
''Young people have got as many opportunities but they have
to be good enough to get a job and I think in many cases,
A person got a job on their ''experience and ability'' and
not their age, Mr Jones said.
''It's dog eat dog out there.''
Otago Chamber of Commerce chief executive John Christie said
many pensioners worked in jobs younger people did not want,
such as fruit-picking.
Otago's ageing workforce had ''more positives than
negatives'', he said. Age Concern Otago chief executive Susan
Davidson said more pensioners were working because they were
healthier than ever - and superannuation did not cover the
cost of living.
Senior Citizens Minister Jo Goodhew said superannuation
increases had exceeded the increase in the cost of living and
had increased much more than other benefits.
''Since  all rates of superannuation have increased by
''Over the same period the consumer price index has increased
by 12.73% and it is that figure that is used for other
benefits such as for job-seekers and solo parents.''