The Positive Ageing Strategy - background

The strategy promotes a society where people can age positively and 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 the process of ageing.

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

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

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 it is used

The strategy's 10 goals guide central and local governments 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.

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: