Creating a more Age-Friendly Timaru District

Timaru District Council is working with the Age-Friendly Timaru Community Steering Group to look at ways we can become a more Age-Friendly place both to live and to age successfully. With our partner agencies and the broader community, we are asking residents for their input through a district wide survey and a series of community workshops.

The survey results, along with information from community workshops, are helping to inform and develop an Age-Friendly Strategy.

To participate in the Age-Friendly Survey, please complete it on the Survey Website

What is an Age-Friendly Community?

An Age-Friendly Community is one where older people (defined by New Zealand Super Seniors as someone 65 years of age or older) are engaged and connected to a community that values, respects and supports them. It is a community where older people can have the best possible future with opportunities to achieve their full potential, regardless of their capacities, resources, lifestyles or preferences.

According to the World Health Organisation Global Network of Age-Friendly Cities, there are eight domains that contribute to communities becoming more age friendly. These are (in no particular order):

  1. Outdoor spaces & buildings
  2. Transportation
  3. Housing
  4. Social participation
  5. Respect & social inclusion
  6. Civic participation & employment
  7. Communication & information
  8. Community support & health services

Why now?

The Timaru District has one of the fastest growing populations of older people in New Zealand. By 2038 it is projected that the proportion of our population aged 65 years and over will increase by approximately 8.5% - this accounts for about 1/3 of Timaru residents (Statistics NZ, 2017).

This change in the population make-up is a national and international phenomenon.  Across the country, Councils are taking proactive steps to work with their communities, considering both the social, municipal and physical environments as they plan for the future.

How will a plan help?

This plan aims to make our District more Age-Friendly for everyone, now and for the future. It will provide a framework to help manage long term population changes and challenges.

What next?

Based on the information collated from the workshops and the survey, an action plan will be developed by the Community Age-Friendly Steering Group and Council.  The plan will identify priority areas under key themes like those in the Age-Friendly symbol.  It will also identify key partners across the community, resources needed, indicators to measure change and a timeframe.

Regular updates will be posted here.

Contact us

If you have any questions about the Timaru District Age-Friendly Strategy, please contact

Last updated: 20 Dec 2021