Opportunities for system-level collaboration to create an age-friendly region

Age-friendly Tāmaki Makaurau Report

With Auckland City Council, New Zealand

A new report by Innovation Unit ANZ highlights system-level opportunities for Auckland Council and cross-sector partners to work together to enable older Aucklanders to live connected and fulfilling lives.

The opportunity

Last year Auckland Council held over 20 workshops involving more than 600 people and a range of organisations on what might be done to make Auckland a more age-friendly region. The data was gathered under eight ‘domains’ defined by the World Health Organisation, plus a ninth of ‘Culture and Diversity’ to reflect the bi-cultural foundation of Aotearoa. Auckland Council then invited Innovation Unit to use this data to identify key opportunities for system-level collaboration to make Auckland a more age-friendly region.

Our approach

We conducted analysis of the data under each domain to identify the enablers and barriers for how older Aucklanders live their lives, and how we could bring these experiences to life in a highly visual way.

  • age-friendly Tāmaki Makaurau

The report describes what a future Auckland could look like, as described by older Aucklanders, across the key areas of: home, neighbourhood, travel, information and support, contribution, social and wellbeing.

Overall, older Aucklanders said they wanted to:

  • feel part of – not pushed out of – their community
  • have an active role and purpose in their family and community
  • feel respected and valued
  • foster existing relationships
  • meet new people who are like – or different from – them
  • be a visible part of society, and
  • have their individuality acknowledged.

“We need to cultivate the value of inclusion - it gets catalysed by disaster (but) should be an everyday thing: courtesy, kindness, respect.” Participant

We also identified four cross-system opportunities for Auckland Council and sector partners to address collaboratively:

  1. Enable greater connection between older people and the world
  2. Recognise the individualist and diversity of older people
  3. Create clear and accessible information pathways, and
  4. Make everyday life easier (more accessible) for older people.

Click the below image to download the full report:

An age-friendly Tāmaki Makaurau