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International Day of Older Persons

The 25th International Day of Older Persons today (1 October) is an opportunity to celebrate the significant contribution seniors make to New Zealand society, Senior Citizens Minister Maggie Barry says.

“Seniors play a pivotal role and are a very positive influence on our economy, workplaces and communities, which is only going to grow as our population ages.”

This year’s theme for the day is “Sustainability and Age Inclusiveness in Urban Environments”, which is focused on making cities easier and more elder-friendly places to live.

View the recently launched SuperSeniors, the new, custom-made one stop shop website for information relevant to anyone over 50. The new website, newsletter and social media channels will ensure older people can get access to the information they need in one place.


Hamilton City Council news release:

Thursday 1 October marks the 25th anniversary of International Day of Older Persons, with the day celebrated by a variety of groups around Hamilton.

Just over 11 per cent of the Hamilton population is aged over 65, but that number is expected to grow in line with national trends. The Ministry of Social Development estimates the number of people aged 65 and over is expected to double to around 1.2 million by 2035 – almost a quarter of the population.

“Older people are an important and growing sector of the Hamilton community,” says Deanne McManus-Emery, Hamilton City Council’s Community Development & Leisure Manager.

“The Council has developed an Older Persons Plan (PDF, 10MB) and the Older Persons Advisory Panel provides valuable feedback on issues important to those residents as we develop the city.”

Hamilton City Council adopted its Older Persons Plan in May 2015, the document which lists 20 actions to make the city a safe and
desirable place for older people to live.



Events we are aware of in the Waikato region:

Age Concern Thames

Rock around the clock! A free concert to celebrate IDOP!
Featuring Tom Sharplin and Jim Joll!
Thames Civic Centre
Thursday 1 October 1.30pm



Hauraki District Council and Organisations from the Paeroa Community invite all Paeroa Senior Citizens to come and celebrate the International Day of the Older Person.

Thursday 1 October 10:00am – 2:00pm
At the War Memorial Hall

Come and join us for a programme of activities that celebrates Positive Ageing, and enjoy a light luncheon, a bustling expo and some light entertainment.

Transport can be arranged if required

For catering purposes PLEASE RSVP to
Cheryl Lasenby 07 862 6110 or
Margaret Raddatz 07 862 8208

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