The Wairarapa Positive Ageing Strategy was developed by the three Wairarapa councils to prepare for the region’s rapidly ageing community.  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 1 in 4 residents.

The aim of the Strategy is to improve and integrate council services for older people to help them lead valued, connected and fulfilling lives.

The strategy features six strategic goals, which were identified through extensive local research and consultation. These goals, which will be areas of council focus over the medium to long-term are: community support and health services, communication and engagement, transport, cultural diversity, housing, and places, spaces and activities.

You can view the full strategy by clicking here.

If you’d like to find out more about Positive Ageing Strategies in New Zealand and internationally, click here.

The development of the strategy is detailed in the following consultation updates:

Wairarapa Region Positive Ageing Strategy Coordinator, Lisa Matthews


Lisa works on behalf of all three Wairarapa councils to achieve the Strategy goals, and meet the needs of Wairarapa’s ageing community.​

If you have any questions, or want to know more about the Positive Ageing Strategy, please contact:

Lisa Matthews, Regional Positive Ageing Strategy Coordinator, 06 379 4081 / 027 444 1887 /


Check out the photos below from the strategy launch event in August 2019 which was attended by Minister for Seniors Hon Tracey Martin, local MPs, Wairarapa mayors, councillors, council staff and contributors to the Strategy from the Wairarapa community.

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