New Zealand joins global age-friendly network 

27 June 2018.

New Zealand has been accepted as an affiliate member of the WHO Global Network of Age friendly Cities and Communities.

Minister for Seniors Tracey Martin made the announcement during the 2018 National Age-friendly Communities Forum in Wellington last week.

The Age-friendly Cities and Communities model was developed by the World Health Organization in 2005 to help address the issue of ageing populations.

It is a community driven model with older people a critical voice and key partner along the way.

New Zealand joins the network just a month after Hamilton City was named the 600th city to be added.

Office for Seniors Director Diane Turner said the decision showed New Zealand’s commitment to age-friendly.

“Age-friendly is about making sure New Zealand is a good place for older people to live- now and in the future.

“It’s about saying that every time we build or every time we launch a new service, we think about the needs of seniors. We are working with central and local government already on this.”