The City For All Ages/He Rautaki Whakatupuranga Strategy was endorsed by Council in December 2021. Thanks to the hard work of the Community Steering Group that developed the strategy, and the input of many individuals, community groups and agencies, Nelson has a strategy it can be proud of.
Nelson is now applying to become a member of the World Health Organisation Age-Friendly Network. As a member of the network, our community will have access to a vast array of resources and support that the network offers .
An Implementation Group of community members will be encouraging, supporting and reporting on achievement of the actions set out in the Strategy. However, these actions are just the starting point. The Strategy is a living document, and the aim is that the Strategy will continue to develop and acquire new actions.
The Strategy aims to support older Nelsonians to stay connected and to contribute to our community, benefitting both the health and wellbeing of those individuals and our city. If you have ideas on how to make Nelson a more age-friendly place or about partner organisations that could help undertake more actions, please send these to firstname.lastname@example.org and help us shape a City For All Ages.
The Government also has a strategy for addressing the ageing demographic: Better Later Life – He Oranga Kaumātua 2019 to 2034. It’s vision is that older New Zealanders lead valued, connected and fulfilling lives. The first action plan for the strategy focusses on three areas: employment, housing and digital inclusion. To read more about what is happening at a national level on these issues visit the Office for Seniors website: officeforseniors.govt.nz.
Business of Ageing report released in June 2022 shows the significant contribution older workers make to the New Zealand economy. Currently, a third of our workforce is over 50 and almost half of our 65 to 69-year-olds are still in work.
The COVID survey report was put together by Age Concern Nelson Tasman and is a snapshot of the well-being of the region’s seniors during a 6-week period in April/May 2022.