Age-friendly communities

A key part of giving effect to the Positive Ageing Strategy is the Age-friendly New Zealand programme. It is being promoted as a way to ensure our communities respect and include the perspective and needs of older people.

In an age-friendly community:

  • green spaces are well-maintained with seating, shelter, and toilets
  • safe pedestrian crossings and footpaths are wide enough for wheelchairs, walkers or strollers
  • there is Public transport to health centers, shops, and parks
  • affordable housing options are close to services and facilities
  • signage is clear and easy to read Council events and activities appeal to people of different ages
  • older people contribute to community groups Facilities are located close to residential areas and services
  • older people are consulted and included in decision-making


The need

By 2036, nearly a quarter of New Zealanders will be over 65. Every council and every community needs to start planning now for the needs of a much greater older population.

population age graph