About an Age-Friendly Community

Vision for Age-friendly

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.

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.   We need your input!

In June 2018 we secured a small grant from the Government to develop an Age-friendly Plan. With our partner agencies and community we’re asking our residents for your input, through coming along to a workshop, filling in a survey or both!

The survey results, along with information from the community workshops, will give direction to areas we can improve on and include in a plan.

You can complete the survey here

Hardcopy surveys are available at all service centre and libraries.

Alternatively, come along to our next workshop:

  • 10am - 11.30am, Thursday 28 February
  • Returned Services Association Club, 82 Victoria Street, Rangiora
  • Everyone is welcome

For help with transport please ring 0800 965468 and ask for Serena

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.

What some people are telling us

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 May then to the Office for Seniors.  We aim to publish and launch the plan in June.

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.

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.

Contact

For more information please contact

Madeleine Burdon

Community Development Advisor

0800 965 468 or 021 480 851

E: madeleine.burdon@wmk.govt.nz