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The Fencing of Swimming Pools Act was introduced to protect young children from the danger of drowning.
The Council has 112 units in Kaiapoi, Oxford, Rangiora and Woodend for people over 65 with limited means.
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The Waimakariri District Council is one of the largest employers in the Waimakariri District and has become an employer of choice.
The Waimakariri Age-friendly steering group will be launching the Age Friendly Plan on Tuesday 25 February at 11.30am in the Rangiora RSA.
We will be joined by the Hon Tracey Martin, Minister for the Office for Seniors as well as the Steering Group and other partner organisations who have contributed to the development of this plan.
Over 500 residents participated in the consultation to develop this plan. We hope more people will come on board in the action teams to help us turn this plan into a reality.
If you want to come along to this event please email Serena firstname.lastname@example.org by Thursday 20 February at the latest. If you have any dietary requirements please let us know.
The inaugural meeting of the Age-Friendly Advisory Group took place in November.
This group is tasked to implement the Age-Friendly Plan for the District, recently adopted by the Council.
The plan focusses on eight areas as identified by the World Health Organisation (WHO) initiative including:
Newly appointed Chair Joanne Gumbrell says, “We are grateful for all the work the previous Steering Group did in pulling this plan together. It’s exciting to move into the implementation stage and we look forward to Waimakariri becoming an even better place for older people to live in.”
A network of groups interested in these areas will be formed who will work with the Council to progress the plan. Anyone interested should contact Madeleine Burdon on 0800 965 468 or email email@example.com
From left to right seated: Vicki Lucas, Presbyterian Support, Celia Mitchell, Ministry of Social Development, Ted Dring, Waimakariri Access Group, Bev Pearson, Citizens Advice Bureau (Deputy Chair)
Standing: Christine Fraser, IHC, Norme Shore, Community Member, Joanne Gumbrell, Community Member (Chair), Jan Pentecost, Greypower North Canterbury, Madeleine Burdon, Waimakariri District Council Staff, Wendy Doody, Waimakariri District Councillor
As well as implementing the plan, the group will also keep the public updated about the work they are doing and report to Council, including any concerns or opportunities raised by older people.
Several cities and communities around the world have taken up this WHO initiative with only four in NZ, Waimakariri being the only one in the South Island. The Office for Seniors, who partly funded the project, has asked the local group be a case study which they view as exciting.
Now that the Waimakairiri Age Friendly Plan has been adopted by Council we are looking for people to join our Advisory Group. This is a voluntary position and if you are:
Please send your EOI to firstname.lastname@example.org by Monday 28 October, or call her on 0880965 468.
In your EOI we would like you to tell us about:
We would also like contact names and details of two referees.
Here are the Terms of Reference for the group that provide more detailed information.
Waimakariri – He Hoa Ahakoa Ōu Tau the Waimakariri Age–friendly Plan 2019-2021 was adopted by the Community & Recreation Committee of Council on Tuesday 17 September. The plan provides a means for residents, community groups, businesses, Council and Government agencies to build a more age-friendly District. You can read the plan here:
Waimakariri – He Hoa Ahakoa Ōu Tau the Waimakariri Age–friendly Plan 2019-2021
Also adopted by the Community & Recreation Committee of Council is the Terms of Reference to establish an Age-friendly Advisory Group to Council. This group will oversee the implementation of the plan and provide a mechanism for age-friendly opportunities and concerns to be reported to Council.
Terms of Reference
The initial results of the survey are now available here.
Age Friendly Survey Report (pdf, 3.1 MB)
The final age-friendly consultation took place at the Rangiora RSA on 28th February, the same day we launched a district wide survey. We are very pleased to report that 373 surveys were returned - 119 online and the rest in hardcopy. We are indebted to steering group members, other community agencies, rest homes and council staff for distributing and promoting the survey. A big thank you from the steering group and myself, for giving your time to help with this.
We have also had great community support to host the consultations, most recently at the Urban Revival Café at Silverstream and the Rangiora RSA. Thank you to the staff there who went out of their way to ensure we had everything we needed, and also provided catering.
The survey information will be collated and provide a report, along with all the material gathered from the 5 consultation workshops. That data will be considered to develop priorities for a 3 year action plan to assist Waimakariri to become a more age-friendly District. We will be comparing what people told us is important to act on, with what is already underway or being planned (for example new accessible toilets). This plan will go to Council for consideration in early May, then to the Office for Seniors.
Some of the key priorities identified by participants at the workshops were:
Transport (strongly linked with accessibility, inclusion, health)
Accessibility (also strongly linked with inclusion)
Communication and information (strongly linked with connection, safety, inclusion)
Health (strong link with transport options)
Connection and inclusion
If you are interested in supporting the Age-friendly plan, please give me a call!