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Office for Senior Citizens

Office for Senior Citizens.

The Office for Senior Citizens is actively promoting a society where people can age positively, be supported in their communities, and have the same opportunities as everyone.

We do this by making sure that:

  • the voices of older people are represented
  • older people are aware of their choices
  • older people have access to the information they need.

Please note: The Office for Senior Citizens does not deliver services to individuals or groups. If you are looking for advice on Superannuation or other support services, please visit the Senior Services website


Minister for Senior Citizens

Hon M Barry

We report to the Minister for Senior Citizens, Honourable Maggie Barry.


What are our priorities?

The Positive Ageing Strategy

The vision of the strategy is for a society where people can age positively, where older people are highly valued and where they are recognised as an integral part of families and communities. The Minister will be releasing her updated report on the Positive Ageing Strategy in April 2015.

Social isolation

Social isolation or a lack of social connection affects up to 10 percent of older New Zealanders. This is important, not just because loneliness is painful but isolation can reduce someone’s health and quality of life. We will be releasing a check list to help people identify when people are at risk of becoming isolated which will be released in May 2015.

Prevention of elder abuse and neglect

Unfortunately more than 2,000 known cases of elder abuse - physical, financial, emotional – and neglect are referred to prevention services each year. This is why it is important to raise awareness of elder abuse and neglect. We have developed information to help raise awareness of elder abuse which will be released shortly.

Business of ageing

Older people already contribute a large amount of time to the voluntary sector in New Zealand. Older people will make a significant economic contribution to growing productivity and New Zealand’s economic competitiveness over the next forty years. An update on the Business of Ageing will be released in April 2015.

Protecting your future

Having an Enduring Power of Attorney (EPA) at any age is important. Should you end up not being able to make decisions for yourself, deciding ahead of time on a trusted person(s) to make decisions on your behalf will give you peace of mind. If you are thinking about setting up a will, you should consider setting up a EPA at the same time. See the resources section for more information.

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