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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, Emily Clark

EmilyClarkThe three Wairarapa councils are pleased to announce the appointment of Emily Clark to the role of Positive Ageing Strategy Coordinator.

Emily’s role will see her based in Carterton while working on behalf of all three Wairarapa councils to achieve the region-wide objective of meeting the wellbeing needs of the Wairarapa’s ageing community.

Emily brings a wealth of experience to the strategy team. Her previous role as the programme coordinator for Age Concern has seen her organising health promotions, programme activities and events.

“I have a genuine interest in the ageing population and I’m passionate about positive change,” Emily said.

“I have already established meaningful relationships with various seniors and have a very real view of what the care is like in New Zealand and what we should be striving towards.”

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.