Strategy for an ageing population

Thanks for having your say

Thank you to everyone who had their say as part of our consultation on the draft strategy Better Later Life – He Oranga Kaumātua 2019 to 2034.

The feedback received has been incredibly useful and there was a wide range of responses from around the country. You can find out more about what people had to say in our Summary of Submissions report.

The final strategy will be released later in 2019. Keep an eye out on the website and our newsletter for information.

What's changing?

NZ's population is ageing

More older people living longer

Ageing workforce and more older workers

Our population is more diverse

Older people than other age groups to own their own homes, but this is dropping

The draft strategy

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

Cabinet papers

On 12 April 2019 the Minister for Seniors launched a draft strategy for New Zealand’s ageing population for public consultation. The Ministry of Social Development has released Cabinet papers and minutes that help to show how the draft strategy was developed.

For a different point of view

We have developed short snapshots on key topics:

We’ve asked some experts to tell us what they think that future looks like. We’ll be publishing these over the coming weeks. The following are available now:

Contact us

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