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This page contains information about the Positive Ageing Advisory Group.
Updated: 31/10/2017 7:50 p.m.

Population Profile for Senior Citizens

Currently, the median age for people in the Whangarei district is 41.8 years. For New Zealand, as a whole, the median age is 38 years. The median age is projected to be 46.1 years in the year 2043.

The proportion of those aged 65 years and over are projected to steadily increase. Currently 18.2% of people in the Whangarei District are aged 65 years and over. By 2043, this is projected to increase to 28.6%.

The District has an older resident population than that of New Zealand overall, having major implications on the demand for services and future planning and results in significant social, economic and cultural impacts on the District.

Our senior residents continue to contribute to our local economy through both paid and unpaid activities.  Of Whangarei’s organisational volunteer workforce, 24% are aged 65 years and over.
To download graphs of these statistics, follow the link below:

The Positive Ageing Advisory Group

In response to the projected growth of the numbers within the older population, the Government released the 'New Zealand Positive Ageing Strategy' in 2001.

Our 'Positive Ageing Strategy - Ageing in our Place' reflects the key themes of the New Zealand Positive Ageing Strategy and our long term vision for the district.

In 2016 WDC adopted its Positive Ageing Policy to reflect Council’s commitment to this important age group of residents.  The Policy expresses the vision that Whangarei will be a District where older people are highly valued, their contributions acknowledged, their participation encouraged, and where they are recognised as an integral part of the community.

To download the Positive Ageing Policy, follow the link below.

Positive Ageing Policy [480kb]

To download the Positive Ageing Strategy, follow the link below.

Positive Ageing Strategy - Ageing in Our Place [416kb]

To download the graphical diagram of the Positive Ageing Strategy - 10 priorities, follow the link below.

Positive Ageing Strategy - 10 Priorities [200kb]

PAAG and Council

The role of PAAG is:

  • to gather and distribute information
  • provide feedback to Council
  • share skills and ideas
  • help to identify gaps and co-ordinate resources
  • positively influence all members of the community to understand positive ageing needs and strategies.

Membership of the Positive Ageing Advisory Group includes representatives from key local agencies and Councillors. 

Our role is to plan, prioritise, and co-ordinate delivery of positive ageing initiatives across the district as financial resources allow, while balancing the total needs of the community.

Positive Ageing Advisory Group - Terms of Reference [452kb]

Positive Ageing Advisory Group members:

  • Stephanie McMillan QSM JP (Chair) - Justices of the Peace Association
  • Sue Daumiller - (Vice-Chair) Anglican Care
  • Sue Bodle - ACC
  • Maureen Moodie - Bream Bay 60’s Up
  • Alison Waugh – Kamo 60’s up
  • Lorna Child - Ministry of Social Development Seniors’ Services
  • Paulette Crowther – Hikurangi Kuia and Kaumatua Group
  • Anna Groenestein - National Council of Women
  • Chris Harold - RSA
  • Meryle Klinac - U3A 
  • Wendy Smith - Age Concern
  • Noreen Moorhouse  QSM – Otangarei Maori Women’s Welfare League
  • Mandy Beazley – New Zealand Aged Care Association (NZACA)


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