Consultation on our ageing population

This should be popular here – it must concern all of us as we are all ageing.

RNZ: Consultation opens on govt strategy for aging population

Seniors Minister Tracey Martin opened a consultation to a new strategy that is going to “help older New Zealanders live well”.

The draft strategy, Better Later Life – He Oranga Kaumātua 2019 to 2034, has been designed to ensure New Zealand is prepared for and makes the most of our aging population.

The strategy incorporates feedback from nationwide consultation last year about what people what for the future.

The key areas of the strategy are supporting seniors in the workforce and how business can better recruit and retain older people; and promoting housing options appropriate for older people, Ms Martin said.

Super Seniors (MSD):  Strategy for an ageing population


Draft new strategy

The draft new startegy, and a summary, Better Later Life – He Oranga Kaumātua 2019 to 2034, takes a fresh look at what is required to ensure New Zealand has the right policies in place and is prepared for an ageing population.

We would like to hear your feedback about the draft strategy. Please:

Feedback closes at midnight on 3 June 2019.

Summary of submissions report

This report summarises what people told us was important and what the new strategy for an ageing population should cover. The report highlights the significant themes raise by submitters during the public consultation that occurred between June and August 2018.

Our population is ageing

Population growth

We have developed short snapshots on key topics:

We’ve asked some experts to tell us what they think that future looks like. We’ll be publishing these over the coming weeks. The following are available now:

If you have any questions, queries or feedback, contact us at ageing_population@msd.govt.nz

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36 Comments

  1. Alan Wilkinson

     /  14th April 2019

    Nothing about CGT then? Death duties? Surely there is something to be taxed here?

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    • Kitty Catkin

       /  14th April 2019

      Sir, please, sir, I know, please, sir ….appliances becos they won’t be using them so long and the appliances will be thrown out sooner ?

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  2. Alan Wilkinson

     /  14th April 2019

    Where did you get that graphic? The image proportions are wildly excessive compared with the numbers. Some-one has an agenda.

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    • Maggy Wassilieff

       /  14th April 2019

      Hahahaha…

      That graphic would rate Not Achieved NCEA Maths level 1

      (7 individuals – 2018; 12 individuals – 2038)

      Makes you wonder if the rest of the information in the Draft Strategy is useless.

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      • Alan Wilkinson

         /  14th April 2019

        Yep. I’ve sent a complaint to the contact given. Hard to know if it was disgraceful, clueless or disgracefully clueless.

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  3. Blazer

     /  14th April 2019

    I find alot of older people are selfish,entitled gits.

    The generational theft has accelerated in the last decade.

    So called user pays policy in education , the favouring of the FIRE economy over the productive sector,added to a huge debt (compliments of a couple of ‘Sirs’)for the young to payoff ,and not forgetting the end of the Kiwi Dream of home ownership ,what a legacy !

    Got ya Gold Card yet!

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    • Conspiratoor

       /  14th April 2019

      Blazer what do you think of the sentiment ‘I’m entitled to the pension because I’ve earned it through all the tax I’ve paid over the last 50 years. So keep your thieving hands off it Grant’

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      • Blazer

         /  14th April 2019

        its horse shit…!pay as you earn…the tax you have paid was spent on running the country,keeping you safe and healthy…

        Plan for your future instead of relying on taxpayer handouts…

        Muldoon and the Nats big bribe has grown into a costly,ugly monster no one wants to confront.

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        • David

           /  14th April 2019

          I agree but we should be taxed less in exchange.

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        • Pink David

           /  14th April 2019

          “Plan for your future instead of relying on taxpayer handouts…”

          Are you not also someone who wants to tax anyone who does this?

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    • Alan Wilkinson

       /  14th April 2019

      You obviously need to mix with a better class of people, B. If they will have you.

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      • Blazer

         /  14th April 2019

        as a beneficiary I’m sure you would know.

        Mind you ,they say…’misery loves…company’!

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    • Gerrit

       /  14th April 2019

      Is it not interesting that the first thought on the problem is not,lets take stock of where we are and create solutions to get where we want to go.

      Instead the blame games have to be sorted first. As if apportioning blame is going to retroactively solve the problem.

      Name any problem and the first reaction is always to apportion blame to some group or demographic first. Often the problem rectification end goal and resultant action steps never even ensue, as the blame game never concludes.

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  4. David

     /  14th April 2019

    How utterly condescending for Martin to think she can tell elderly folk how to live a better life, politicians are rightly held in contempt and there is a good reason for that.
    Butt out woman I doubt there is a single thing you could suggest to enhance anyones life and if you have any urge to help a pensioner how about start with the many failings of your dear leader, sort that out then we might listen.

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    • Strong For Life

       /  14th April 2019

      Tracey Martin does not inspire confidence. i am 65 next year and I do not believe she has a clue on how to make me live well.

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      • Blazer

         /  14th April 2019

        what do you want,expect?

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        • David

           /  14th April 2019

          From Martin I want absolutely nothing as she is a rather dim and unsuccessful person. When I turn 65 the last thing I would want is a politician spending millions of dollars silencing folk that would ordinarily be critiquing their performance lining their pockets instead with dust gathering reports.

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          • Blazer

             /  14th April 2019

            all very well but you have avoided my question!

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            • David

               /  14th April 2019

              I did answer it, I want nothing from her.

            • Blazer

               /  14th April 2019

              @David…sorry ,that was for SFL.

            • Kitty Catkin

               /  14th April 2019

              Two sisters whom I know/knew (one is now dead) were computer savvy long before I was. The surviving one is well over 90.

              Tracey Martin is extremely patronising.

              ‘Making it better for (seniors)’ Making what better ?

  5. Alan Wilkinson

     /  14th April 2019

    Amongst the elephants in the room to be avoided: Rationing Healthcare.

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    • Kitty Catkin

       /  14th April 2019

      That is something that has to be faced.

      If someone is single and has no dependants, and is also quite old, should they be at the top or bottom of the queue for a transplant…should they be ahead of a young husband and father ?

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      • Alan Wilkinson

         /  14th April 2019

        In other words, should healthcare be rationed by disease, treatment or patient?

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        • Kitty Catkin

           /  14th April 2019

          ‘Dependents.’

          I am glad that I won’t be having to decide that.

          I think that a patient whose lifestyle means that the treatment will be wasted (like a heavy smoker or drinker) should be at the end of the queue for treatment like transplants. George Best had a liver transplant and wasted it by drinking as heavily as ever while others in the queue died waiting. He was dead in a couple of years, which he probably would have been without the surgery.

          I guess that the queue order is done systematically in reality and someone who’s hitting 80 wouldn’t be at the top for a transplant.

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  6. Alan Wilkinson

     /  14th April 2019

    Having regulated affordable homes out of existence for the young, the Left turn their attention to capturing the assets of the old.

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    • Blazer

       /  14th April 2019

      Key govt clearly killed the Kiwi Dream…no contest.

      Not long ago we awaited a reply from a former Nat minister to elaborate on Nationals ‘clear policy’ in 2008 on your pet peeve..the RMA.

      He ran….fast.

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      • Alan Wilkinson

         /  14th April 2019

        B,s, B. He ignored your drivel as it deserved. Link to it if you like.

        And just to confirm the Left’s complicency we get this load of drivel from Ardern and her Ministers:
        https://i.stuff.co.nz/business/112025068/prime-minister-launches-accord-to-repair-broken-building-sector

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        • Blazer

           /  14th April 2019

          ‘. Link to it if you like.’…if I knew how to I would.

          Not b/s ,he was just smart enough to know he would look rather stupid!

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          • Alan Wilkinson

             /  14th April 2019

            Your usual whataboutism diversion plus intent to ignore context got what it deserved.

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            • Blazer

               /  14th April 2019

              yes the truth is very unpalatable for…YOU!

            • Alan Wilkinson

               /  14th April 2019

              Not at all. I just delivered it to you.

            • Kitty Catkin

               /  14th April 2019

              John Key said that they couldn’t force people to sell their houses at a lower price, and wouldn’t if they could. This would mean making people go into negative equity in many cases; a complete injustice. If the house is now worth less, the mortgage won’t be less.

              If someone was willing to offer me $500,000 for my house (I wish) why wouldn’t I take this ? It would be an appalling intrusion if the government stepped in and made me take less.

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