Consultation opens on the draft ageing strategy

19 April 2019.

People are being encouraged to have their say on a new draft strategy that has been developed to ensure that New Zealand is a great place to age.

Minister for Seniors, Tracey Martin, launched the draft strategy Better Later Life – He Oranga Kaumātua 2019 to 2034 during an event in Auckland.

Office for Seniors Director, Diane Turner said that Better Later Life takes a fresh look at what is needed to ensure all New Zealanders can lead valued, connected and fulfilling lives as they grow older.

“The draft strategy helps to create opportunities for everyone to participate, contribute and be valued as they age in their communities,” she says.

“Currently, there are about 780,000 people aged 65 or over. By 2034, there will be more than 1.2 million people aged 65 plus, almost a quarter of New Zealand’s total population, and nearly 180,000 people aged 85 and over.”

Better Later Life incorporates feedback from a nationwide consultation last year about what people want for the future. The key areas people said were important were: having financial and economic security, access to health and social services, secure and affordable homes; and opportunities to connect and participate in their communities.

“People are not only living much longer, but they are also living healthier for longer. The fact people are living longer is something to celebrate, and something that we all need to prepare for,” she says.

“We are welcoming feedback on the draft strategy and encourage people of all ages to have their say.”

A copy of the draft strategy, along with details on how to provide feedback is available on the SuperSeniors website: www.superseniors@msd.govt.nz

The closing date for submissions is 3 June 2019.