Managing in a changing environment

A changing demographic

The make-up of New Zealand's population is set to change over time. If we are to continue to be successful in getting people into work then we will need to be planning ahead to meet the changing demands.

The number of New Zealanders over the age of 65 is expected to increase from 550,000 in 2009 to one million in the late 2020s. The population will change so that the number of New Zealanders aged over 65 will exceed the number of young people aged under 15 years old.

By 2021, New Zealand will have become more ethnically diverse, with significant increases in the Māori, Pacific and Asian populations making up a growing proportion of the overall New Zealand population.

To improve services to older people and to respond to the projected increase in demand for our services we have made changes to our organisational structure.

We are also leading work on transforming service delivery for older people. This is just the start.

Since an ageing population means that the country will lose valuable contributors to retirement, it's more important than ever that we get our young people ready to join the workforce. We are helping young people find employment through the Youth Opportunities package. This package helps connect young people with businesses and employment.

We know that we must respond differently to different communities and that there are some members of certain communities over-represented in our statistics. Keeping this in mind, we will develop action plans for the different communities that we know will need our support in the future. For example:

  • Work and Income will work closely with those having the hardest time entering the workforce, including giving priority to Māori and Pacific job seekers
  • we will be expanding the Settling In programme into a further eight communities to help refugees and migrants find solutions to meet their own needs
  • the Child, Youth and Family Pacific Action Plan will support the people they work with understand the values and cultural beliefs of Pacific peoples to help achieve positive outcomes for Pacific children
  • the Family Violence Whānau Ora Fund aims to foster family wellbeing for Māori and Pacific communities, supporting those that are experiencing, or have experienced, family violence helping them to resolve their issues as a family over time, rather than on an individual basis.



Statement of Intent 2010

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