Better Later Life – He Oranga Kaumātua 2019 to 2034

Better Later Life – He Oranga Kaumātua 2019 to 2034 is a strategy for making the future better for New Zealanders as we age.

The new strategy was launched on 1 November 2019 by Minister for Seniors, Tracey Martin, and replaces the Positive Ageing Strategy 2001.

Why we need a new strategy

We (meaning all New Zealanders) need to make sure New Zealand embraces the opportunities that an ageing population and longevity brings.

This strategy will help ensure we create opportunities for everybody to participate, contribute and be valued as we age. Many older people are living well, but the number who are not is likely to increase in the future.

The make-up of the 65+ population is also changing, with more people living longer.

Key areas for action

The strategy identifies five key areas for action, and within each what we want to achieve and what needs to happen.

Achieving financial security and economic participation Achieving financial security and economic participation
Promoting healthy ageing and improving access to services Promoting healthy ageing and improving access to services
Creating diverse housing choices and options Creating diverse housing choices and options
Enhancing opportunities for participation and social connection Enhancing opportunities for social connection
Making environments accessible Making environments accessible

The strategy

To read the strategy, a summary, and web accessible version of Better Later Life - He Oranga Kaumātua 2019 to 2034.

Developing the strategy

The Ministry of Social Development has released Cabinet papers and minutes that help to show how the draft strategy was developed.

You can read more about how the strategy was put together in our report.

You can also read the discussion document, initial summary of submissions report, draft strategy and draft strategy summary of submissions report.

Contact us

If you have any questions, queries or feedback, contact us at ageing_population@msd.govt.nz