The Positive Ageing Strategy - background

The strategy aims for a society where people can age positively, where older people are highly valued and recognised as an integral part of families and communities.

Positive ageing reflects the attitudes and experiences older people have about themselves and how younger generations view ageing, including their own ageing.

Positive ageing takes into account the health, financial security, independence, self-fulfilment, personal safety and living environment of older New Zealanders.

The New Zealand Positive Ageing Strategy provides a framework for developing and understanding policy with implications for older people.

The Strategy's 10 goals guide policies and programmes across central and local government, to improve opportunities for older people to participate in their communities in ways they choose.

How the strategy was produced

The 1999 International Year of Older Persons prompted the development of a New Zealand strategy promoting the value of older people.

Extensive consultation with local communities, the voluntary sector, and central and local government agencies resulted in the 2001 New Zealand Positive Ageing Strategy.

How the strategy is used

The Strategy's 10 goals are used by central and local government agencies to develop their own action plans to improve the wellbeing of older people. This ensures we are all moving in the same direction.

Update of the strategy

In 2014, a report was released to provide an update on progress towards the 10 goals, identify opportunities for further work and suggest topics for further discussion.

Overall, New Zealand is progressing well. The Strategy’s achievements can be seen in many older people’s lives, their access to services and the support they both receive and provide in their communities.

A pdf of the full 2014 report is available here.
A pdf of the summary 2014 report is available here.

Information for councils and local organisations

If you’re involved in a local council or other local organisation that would like to support positive ageing we’ve developed some information to help you.

  • A PowerPoint on the main points of the report.
  • A spreadsheet of population projections by Territorial Authority from Statistics New Zealand.

And we would also welcome your feedback on the Positive Ageing Strategy Goals.

For further information see:

The New Zealand Positive Ageing Strategy (2001)

Summaries of the Positive Ageing Strategy in different languages

Positive Ageing Strategy Action Plans and Annual Reports, 2001–2010

Key statistical information – Older people in New Zealand

A pdf of the full 2014 report is available here.

A pdf of the summary 2014 report is available here.