The great ideas from Wairarapa’s older people will help inform the next crucial three-year stage of the Wairarapa Positive Ageing Strategy Te Hōkai Nuku.

The Strategy was developed in 2019 by Carterton, Masterton, and South Wairarapa Councils. It aims to improve and integrate services for older people and help them lead valued, connected, and fulfilling lives.

In the next 25 years, the number of Wairarapa residents aged over 65 is expected to increase by approximately 79% to nearly 15,000, or one-in-four residents.

With significant changes to all our lives happening since the Strategy was released, the Councils want to hear from locals again.

The Councils are seeking community feedback for a three-year plan to guide the initial work forward.

Lisa Matthews, Positive Ageing Strategy Co-ordinator, says “Life in the Wairarapa has changed exponentially since the launch of the strategy.

“COVID-19 and two lockdowns here have changed all our lives, including those of our older citizens.”

Lisa will be available at five pop-up events across Wairarapa to meet you and hear your ideas.

The pop-ups start on Monday 29 November in Martinborough.

  • Martinborough: 29 November, 10.30am to 11.30am, Waihinga Centre Supper Room.
  • Carterton: 2 December, 10.30am to 11.30am, Events Centre foyer.
  • Masterton: 2 December, 1.30pm to 2.30 pm, Senior Citizens Hall, 8 Cole St.
  • Greytown: 7 December, 10.30 to 11.30am, Greytown Town Centre.
  • Featherston: 7 December, 1.30pm to 2.30pm, Anzac Hall.

Need more information? Want to check the event is going ahead?

Call Lisa on 027 444 1897 or email

Download the strategy: Wairarapa Region Positive Ageing Strategy 


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