The Office for Seniors is the primary advisor to the Government on issues affecting older people, located within the Ministry of Social Development (MSD).
Older New Zealanders lead valued, connected and fulfilling lives.
Kia noho ora tonu ngā kaumātua.
What we do
New Zealand has an ageing population – we're expected to have 1.2 million people aged over 65 by 2034. This will have implications on housing, employment, health, financial capability and social issues.
The Office for Seniors provides information to seniors and is a key advisor to the Government about the issues and concerns of older people.
We work to improve the lives of older people across the country by promoting the wellbeing and concerns of seniors and increasing awareness of the issues facing our ageing population.
Our work includes:
- progressing the Better Later Life strategy
- promoting enduring power of attorney
- raising awareness about elder abuse
- progressing age friendly Aotearoa
- progressing digital literacy training for seniors
- conducting ageing research
- developing the Seniors newsletter
- implementation of the Older Worker Employment Action Plan (OWEAP)
We are committed to creating opportunities for everyone to participate, contribute and be valued as they age.
Access resources, publications and research about ageing in New Zealand
Helpful websites and information on services for seniors
How we work
We are a strategic, policy-focused team located within the Ministry for Social Development.
MSD supports us in our work, as well as handling other seniors' services, such as NZ Super, the Veterans Pension and the SuperGold Card.