New Plymouth Positive Ageing Trust - New Plymouth Positive Ageing Trust
New Plymouth Positive Ageing Trust - New Plymouth Positive Ageing Trust
New Plymouth Positive Ageing Trust - New Plymouth Positive Ageing Trust


Positive Ageing New Plymouth Long Term Strategy Planning.

Click here to download the strategy document.


The Positive Ageing Group was formed in 1999 the year of the Celebrations of the International Year of Older People.

At first our business was very informal with the objective of planning seminars.

The first formal meeting took place in October 2001 and the organisation was named Positive Ageing – after the “New Zealand Positive Ageing Strategy” April 2001 which set out the Government Commitment to positive ageing – a framework for intergrating policies and programes across the Government sector.

Positive Ageing was formed into a Trust in 2004.

Membership is based on organisations and we have two arms to our positive ageing organisation.

  • The Positive Ageing Trust with 10 elected Trustees responsible for governance and management of the organisation.
  • The Positive Ageing Council which includes all members and representatives of kindred organisations.

Positive Ageing is an umbrella organisation – a coalition of 

  • Older Age Organisations
  • Non Government Organisations
  • Government Agencies
  • Local Government
  • Health and Tertary Agemcies

All have a close involvement and interest in the outcomes for the Elderly Citizens of our District.

The importance of Local Government and Health Agencies – NPDC and DHB are vital in the success of Positive Ageing principles.

What is the Reason for the Development of the Positive Ageing Organisation?

  1. An awareness 10 years ago of a huge increase in older people to 27% of the population in 2026 (Health Board estimate)
  2. An understanding that organisations needed to work closely together to make a difference – and no-one organisation could do it on their own.
  3. So therefore to develop a combined strong voice on issues and planning to meet the needs of these demographic changes.
  4. To assist in changing attitudes towards the Elderly.
  5. To influnce stakeholders and local government, Health agencies and others to prepare for an increased aged population.
  6. To develop relationships and communication between kindred organisations and local government, government agencies, business community and the community.