An Age-friendly community is where older people are engaged and connected to a community that values, respects and supports them. And where older people can have the best possible future with opportunities to achieve their full potential, regardless of their capacities, resources, lifestyles or preferences.

Age Friendly Logo

Council is working alongside the Age-friendly Waimakariri Community Steering Group to look at ways we can become a more Age-friendly place both to live and to age successfully.  In June 2018 we secured a small grant from the Government to develop an Age-friendly Plan. With our partner agencies and community we asked residents for their input through a district wide survey complete in February 2019 as well a series of workshops.

The survey results, along with information from the community workshops, are helping to inform and develop the Age-Friendly Plan.

The Story so Far

First we need to identity what is working well for the community and where there are opportunities to be more Age-friendly.

Presentations have been made to let people know about the Age-friendly project, and to provide an opportunity for some initial feedback.  In late 2018 three interactive workshops were held at Pegasus, Oxford and Waikuku Beach.

Participants at Oxford workshop

Presentations to groups

Please contact us if you would like a presentation, want more information or are interested in supporting age-friendly local activities.

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.

What next?

Based on the information collated from the workshops and the survey, an action plan will be developed by the Community Age-friendly Steering Group and Council.  The plan will identify priority areas under key themes like those in the Age-friendly symbol.  It will also identify key partners across the community, resources needed, indicators to measure change and a time-frame.

The plan will go to Council for consideration in June then to the Office for Seniors.  We aim to publish and launch the plan in July.

How will a plan help?

This plan aims to make the District more Age-friendly for everyone, now and in future years. It will provide a framework to help manage long term population changes and challenges, and support the District Development Strategy to 2048.


Update - 18 April 2019

The initial results of the survey are now available here.

Age Friendly Survey Report (pdf, 3.1 MB)

Update - 28 March 2019

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.

Where are we up to?

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)

  • Better and more options, more affordable and public options, linking across the District and to the city options

Accessibility (also strongly linked with inclusion)

  • Streets, building and spaces; having needs of not just the elderly, recognised and included; not just physical access but also to information

Communication and information (strongly linked with connection, safety, inclusion)

  • How information is communicated, language and method used; where to find information. Need to improve Broadband access with an increasing reliance on on-line


  • Need more appropriate and age-friendly including more variety and affordable options, closer to facilities, services and transport

Health (strong link with transport options)

  • Having a local “after hours” service and more specialist services available at the Health Hub in Rangiora

Connection and inclusion

  • Also strongly linked with accessibility, communication, transport and information

If you are interested in supporting the Age-friendly plan, please give me a call!

Thanks Madeleine

Steering Group

People on the steering group are passionate about working for a more caring, and inclusive District enhancing what we already have in the way of Age-friendly communities.  They are interested individuals or represent specific groups and the group is supported by The Mayor, David Ayers.

The Council advisory group has staff from key Council units to provide expertise and support the plan development.  This includes: Planning, Council Housing, Policy, Green Space, Libraries and the Community Team

A key partner - University of Canterbury have provided us with an intern for 300 hours, over the summer months.

For more information please contact:

Madeleine Burdon

Community Development Advisor

0800 965 468 or 021 480 851