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This page contains information about the Positive Ageing Advisory Group.
Updated: 6/10/2015 9:16 a.m.

The district's population profile

Currently, the median age for people in the Whangarei district is 38.4 years. For New Zealand as a whole, the median age is 35.9 years. The median age is projected to be 41.5 years in the year 2041 and could be 50.1 years by the year 2061 for people in the Whangarei district.

The proportions of the older age groups (45-64 years and 65 years and over) are projected to steadily increase. Currently 14.8% of people in the Whangarei district are aged 65 years and over. By 2041, this is projected to increase to 26%, and to 29% by 2061.

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.

A Positive Ageing Advisory Group (PAAG) has been formed to assist with the implementation of our strategy by providing advice to Council on issues affecting older people in the community.

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 (Chair) - Justice of the Peace
  • Sue Bodle (Vice-Chair) - ACC
  • Linda Holman - Manaia Health
  • Maureen Moodie - Bream Bay 60’s Up
  • Alison Waugh – Kamo 60’s up
  • Lorna Child - Ministry of Social Development Seniors’ Services
  • Irene Walding – Hikurangi Kuia and Kaumatua Group
  • Anna Groenstein - National Council of Women
  • Archie Dixon - RSA
  • Sue Daumiller - Anglican Care
  • Meryle Klinac - U3A 
  • Wendy Smith - Age Concern
  • Jenny Galpin – Otangarei Maori Women’s Welfare League
  • Mandy Beazley – Residential Care Association


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