Joint Wairarapa Councils Positive Ageing Strategy

Download Wairarapa Region Positive Ageing Strategy[PDF; 4.3MG]

The Wairarapa Region Positive Ageing Strategy was developed by the three Wairarapa District Councils to prepare for our 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 Strategy outlines the way in which the Councils will work together to improve and integrate their work for our older people. Extensive local research and consultation were undertaken as part of this process. All three Councils adopted the Strategy in May 2019 and it was officially launched in August 2019.


South Wairarapa District Council approved the Positive Ageing Strategy implementation plan in August 2020.  The implementation plan sets out activities that will work towards meeting the goals of the strategy.

Positive Ageing Strategy implementation plan [PDF]

The Strategy's 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
  • places, spaces and activities.

Wairarapa Region Positive Ageing Strategy Coordinator, Lisa Matthews

Lisa works on behalf of all three Wairarapa councils to achieve the Strategy goals and meet the needs of Wairarapa’s ageing community.

If you have any questions, or want to know more about the Positive Ageing Strategy, please contact: Lisa Matthews, Regional Positive Ageing Strategy Coordinator, 06 379 4081 / 027 444 1887 /

Past project updates

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Further information

If you have any questions, or would like to be kept updated, please email us.

Find out more about Positive Ageing Strategies in New Zealand and internationally.


South Wairarapa District Council