Facing our future – a local strategy to make Tauranga Age-Friendly
Photos courtesy of Ross Brown, Vision Media
Tauranga's Age-Friendly Strategy leads the way
The Tauranga Age-Friendly City Strategy was adopted by the Council 24 September 2013. A first for Tauranga and New Zealand, the Age-Friendly City Strategy went out for public consultation between 19 August and 13 September 2013. The strategy identifies actions a number of agencies across the city plan to make Tauranga an Age-Friendly City.
As is the case globally and across New Zealand, statistics show that Tauranga’s population is ageing. It is therefore increasingly important to ensure the city is as age-friendly as possible.
Final Age-Friendly City Strategy
What is an Age-Friendly City?
An Age-Friendly City is one that provides opportunities for older people to participate fully in city life (termed ‘active ageing’) and live independently for as long as possible in their own home and community (termed ‘ageing-in-place’).
What has happened to date?
A key part of developing the Age-Friendly City strategy was engaging with older people in the community to seek their views about the city. A topic-based framework developed by the World Health Organisation (WHO) as illustrated in the petal diagram.
Seven community workshops were held at the beginning of the year throughout the city to gather views directly from the community on how Tauranga could become more Age-Friendly.
From the feedback collected key issues have been identified. From this the Draft Age-Friendly City Strategy was developed, which included prioritised actions to make Tauranga Age-Friendly. The draft strategy was adopted by the Council 24 September 2013 subject to undertaking minor amendments to address issues that arose through the submissions process.
Age-Friendly City Strategy - Hearings and Deliberations Council Meeting
World Health Organisation (WHO)
Community workshops (8kb pdf)
Feedback collected (156kb pdf)
Age-Friendly City Project Team
Tauranga City Council is working with a wide range of interest groups including representatives from: Tauranga Elders’ Forum, Age Concern, Bay of Plenty District Health Board, Parafed, Waikato University, Kaumatua Forum, Toi Te Ora and SUPA-NZ to develop this draft strategy.
The Age-Friendly project team. (368kb pdf)
Last Reviewed: 28/07/2016