The older population: Factors to consider framework

The Office for Seniors has also created a framework to help guide policy development and decision making about issues or changes that may impact older people.

Click here to go to the framework

International links

World Health Organization

The World Health Organization has developed a guide on Global age friendly cities and measures for age friendliness

Age friendly World

The World Health Organisation has developed a website that has information on age friendly activities, tools and resources from across the globe.

WHO Global Network for Age Friendly Cities and Communities

The World Health Organisation has developed a Global Database providing information on the activities different cities and communities are doing to become more age friendly.

National Disability Authority

The National Disability Authority provides a summary of the Universal Design Principles to guide the design of environments, products, and communications.

American Association of Retired Persons (AARP)

The AARP Network of Age Friendly Communities provides guidelines and tools to assist communities to become more age friendly.

Public Health Agency of Canada (PHAC)

The PHAC provides guidelines and tools to assist communities to become more age friendly.

National links and resources

Age-friendly Community Evaluation

This report was prepared for the Office for Seniors by the Auckland University of Technology Centre for Active Ageing to evaluate the process of implementing age friendly approaches in Kāpiti Coast District, New Plymouth and Hamilton.

Age friendly Community Evaluation report

Making rural New Zealand age friendly

Older people living in a rural town have given their insights into the challenges they face and the opportunities that exist to address them. A research study led by Prof Stephen Neville at the Centre for Active Ageing at Auckland University of Technology highlights how physical and social environments can enable older people to remain active and connected in their communities.

Better Later Life – He Oranga Kaumātua 2019 to 2034

The Better Later Life strategy provides guidance for the government on how to support and value older New Zealanders.

Bibliography of Age friendly research in New Zealand

Bibliography of age friendly research in New Zealand is an easy reference for people who want to be informed about some of the research on older people in New Zealand.

Ageing Well Science Challenges

The Ageing Well Science Challenge website provides a summary of their currently funded research aimed at using science to sustain health and wellbeing in later years.

Age-friendly Cities and Communities: world experience and pointers for New Zealand

This report provides an overview of the international best practice for implementing the World Health Organisation's Age friendly Cities and Communities programme in New Zealand.

Age Friendly Cities and Communities Report

Age Friendly Cities and Communities Report Summary

Comparison of place-based programmes with the World Health Organization's Age Friendly Cities and Community model

This document outlines where there is alignment between the WHO age friendly communities model and other place-based approaches to support councils and communities with their thinking and planning to develop age friendly communities.

Comparison of place-based programmes


No car? No problem

This pamphlet provides advice and options to travel when you don’t have access to a car.

Social Isolation Checklist

This pamphlet provides information on identifying people that maybe socially isolated and ways to stay socially connected.

Age friendly in New Zealand

This presentation provides an explanation of Age Friendly Communities and is able to be used to explain this work to your key stakeholders.

Napier Connects Toolkit

The Napier City Council and the Napier Connects team aim to create opportunities for better connections across all residents. To achieve this, they developed a toolkit. This is available for local governments to adapt to their community.

Auckland Design Manual

If you are planning to design, build or develop in Auckland the ADM will guide you through.

Dementia Friendly Communities Toolkit

Alzheimers New Zealand has developed the Dementia Friendly Communities Toolkit to guide communities in adopting dementia-friendly practices.

Dementia friendly Rotorua

Rotorua City Council has made a commitment to become Dementia friendly and this report provides information on their progress.