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How are we doing?

Office for Senior Citizens.

As well as knowing who is doing what, where, we want to know whether our actions are making a difference to the wellbeing of older people in New Zealand. We will use this information to identify priority areas for action in the future.

For each goal of the Positive Ageing Strategy, we provide indicators, an overall assessment, and suggestions of what more we could do to improve outcomes for older New Zealanders.


Indicators of progress

Social indicators are statistical measures that can be repeated over time to illustrate changes in quality of life or social wellbeing. A key feature of a social indicator is that any change can be interpreted as progress towards, or movement away from, the desired social outcome.


Overall assessment

Our overall assessment draws on:

  • analysis of actions by local and central government agencies
  • New Zealand research.

The Ten Goals

1.  Income - secure and adequate income for older people


2.  Health - equitable, timely, affordable and accessible health services for older people


3.  Housing - affordable and appropriate housing options for older people


4.  Transport - affordable and accessible transport options for older people


5.  Ageing in the community - older people feel safe and secure and can age in the community


6.  Cultural diversity - a range of culturally appropriate services allows choices for older people


7.  Rural services - older people living in rural communities are not disadvantaged when accessing services


8.  Positive attitudes - people of all ages have positive attitudes to ageing and to older people


9.  Employment opportunities - elimination of ageism and the promotion of flexible work options


10.  Personal growth and opportunities - increasing opportunities for personal growth and community participation


New Zealand Positive Ageing Strategy – co-ordinated by the
Office for Senior Citizens – hosted by the Ministry of Social Development