Everybody has a part to play in creating a better future for older New Zealanders

14 May 2019.

New Zealanders are encouraged to have their say on the draft strategy Better Later Life – He Oranga Kaumātua 2019 to 2034.

Minister for Seniors, Tracey Martin, launched the draft strategy last month with consultation open until June 3.

The draft strategy helps to create opportunities for everyone to participate, contribute and be valued as they age.

Office for Seniors Director, Diane Turner, said it was important to hear from people in cities, towns and suburbs across the country.

“People are living longer, they are more active and healthy. This is something to celebrate but we all need to prepare for the changes that are already happening in New Zealand,” she says.

“Within the next 10 years there will be more people that are over 65 than under 16 years. Our population will also be more diverse, working longer and not all will be living in a home that they own.”

“But we know that ageing is different for everyone. Here in New Zealand we have 200 ethnic groups and speak 160 different languages. That’s why we want to hear from people from all across the country and from all walks of life,” she says.

“I urged everyone to have their say on what needs to be done to ensure that older New Zealanders can lead valued, connected and fulfilling lives.”

A copy of the draft strategy, along with details on how to provide feedback is available on the SuperSeniors website.

The closing date for submissions is Monday June 3, 2019.

The draft strategy replaces the Positive Ageing Strategy that was released in 2001.