Why Now?

Waimakariri is one of the fastest growing districts in New Zealand.  There is a projected 24% increase in the percentage of  people aged 65 years and over living in the district by 2018 (Stats NZ 2017).  They also project that by 2048, approximately 30% of people in the District will be 65 years and over.

The change in the population make-up is also a national and international phenonomen.  So the government is encouraging Councils to work with their communities to consider both the social and built environments as they plan for the future.