An economist says we should look at scrapping our universal superannuation.
It has been revealed that over 30,000 New Zealanders receive the pension despite earning more than $100,000 a year.
The figures don't include incomes through Kiwisaver, or other investment portfolios.
The median New Zealand wage is currently $53,000, and the cost of paying the 31,000 people is over half a billion dollars a year.
Economist Shamubeel Eaqub told Heather du Plessis-Allan that there are some elderly people who are struggling - and could do with more help.
"That $600 million that we're spend on people who really don't need it, those older folk who are now currently poor would be a lot better off."
He thinks the scheme should be means-tested - but believes that it is going to become a political issue.
"Ultimately, what's it going to turn into is 'do I want to pay for somebody who didn't take the opportunity to save for a liability they knew was coming down the road'?"