Age-friendly initiatives

Being able to live in a society where people of all ages are valued and able to participate fully are driving moves to create age-friendly communities in New Zealand.

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This is being done in some areas through an age-friendly programme supported by the Office for Seniors.


The following background is for people who want to be involved in a local initiative.

There are two parts:

      1. STARTING OUT 

      • What age-friendly is
      • The process to become age-friendly
      • How age-friendly projects work

      Find out about initiatives in your region:


        You will see there are a range of roles and you have a choice of how you can be involved:

        • There may be something you have experience in, an area you’re interested in, or a skill you want to learn
        • You may want to participate in discussions, help with a project or share information about age-friendly
        • You may have a lot of time to give or a little

        Being part of your age-friendly community is a great way to make sure your community is strong, connected and resilient. However you’re involved, it will make a difference.

        Age-friendly links

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        An age and dementia-friendly forum was held in Wellington, hosted by the Office for Seniors, Alzheimers NZ, and Bupa.

        There were the following presentations: