Positive Ageing Strategy

We developed a Positive Ageing Strategy to identify and address the opportunities and challenges with our ageing population and ensure we play our part in giving older residents a society that values their contribution and encourages their participation

Within the wider Waikato, our District has a high older person population (27% aged 65 years or over compared to 12% for the wider Waikato Region and New Zealand). This proportion has been increasing steadily over recent years and is projected to continue in the short to medium term

We developed a Positive Ageing Strategy to identify and address the opportunities and challenges with our ageing population and ensure we play our part in giving older residents a society that values their contribution and encourages their participation.


What is positive ageing?

  • Having a stable and secure income and the choice to work
  • Maintaining good health and positive relationships
  • The ability to make choices on where to live
  • Access to transport
  • Being supported to remain self-reliant


What’s a positive ageing strategy?

Central Government developed the New Zealand Positive Ageing Strategy in 2001. It considered how national policies might increase the risk for older people of social exclusion and looked at the health and wellbeing needs of this sector of our society. Our role is to advocate to various agencies the goals that this strategy contained.

Our own Council Direction is consistent with the goals of the New Zealand Positive Ageing Strategy. But because every community is different, we’re working with local agencies to keep us on track with a positive ageing strategy developed specifically for residents of our district.


What are the challenges?

Our district has a higher than average number of residents living in high deprivation and low income, particularly for people aged 65 and over.  According to surveys we know most older people are very happy with their quality of life here. But for this to continue, and to mitigate the risks of social isolation for older people, there are a number of areas that we as a council can focus on.


How can we help?

  • Ensuring housing is close to community amenities and encouraging the development of suitable housing options
  • Assisting with the provision of access to transport through advocacy, funding or other initiatives
  • Keeping our town centres safe
  • Staying in tune with the needs of our older residents
  • Encouraging an active ageing population through community facilities such as footpaths, parks, walkways, and other recreational facilities and programmes
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