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Tāmaki Makaurau aroha ki te hunga taipakeke

Age-friendly Auckland

About age-friendly Auckland

We're developing a region-wide, cross-sector, age-friendly action plan for Auckland.

The plan will:

  • help us raise awareness of the needs and contributions of older Aucklanders
  • improve outcomes for residents who are 65 years and over
  • enable Auckland to join the World Health Organisation (WHO) global network of age-friendly cities and communities
  • demonstrate our collective commitment to a friendly and inclusive Auckland.

How we've been engaging with the community

We've been gathering feedback on what an age-friendly city would look like through:

  • workshops
  • meetings
  • hui.

We also received feedback on what an age-friendly city would look like from 2232 People’s Panel members and 400 Have Your Say surveys.

Organisations we've been working with

These organisations have already been doing some great work in the community for older Aucklanders.

They've been a big part of the engagement process for age-friendly Auckland. Some will continue to play a big part in the creation of this plan:

What the community has told us

We heard that our older people want a friendly and inclusive Auckland where all people are valued and have opportunities to connect with people of different ages, cultures and backgrounds.

Older people and their whānau want to participate in everything Auckland has to offer and need barrier-free access to affordable transport, events and outdoor spaces.

It is important that services and facilities are accessible and available where they need them, when they need them.

Read the findings report

The data from the community engagement was gathered under eight ‘domains’ defined by the World Health Organisation.

A ninth domain of ‘Culture and Diversity’ was added to reflect the bi-cultural foundation of Aotearoa and the diversity of older Aucklanders.

​Read the innovation unit report

We also invited Innovation Unit to conduct analysis of the data to identify key system-level enablers and barriers for how older Aucklanders live their lives.

About Auckland's diverse older population

Auckland has the largest population of people aged 65 and older in New Zealand. The aging population will create opportunities as well as greater and more complex demand for services and infrastructure.

The region will be home to substantially larger numbers and greater proportions of ethnically and culturally diverse older people over the next few decades.

The diversity of Aucklanders varies across local board areas including:

  • life stages
  • gender
  • ethnicity
  • language
  • housing
  • employment
  • financial independence.

See Knowledge Auckland for detailed information about the diversity of Auckland's older population.

More information

Email agefriendlyauckland@aucklandcouncil.govt.nz if you have questions about this work.