Auckland Council has drawn up an action plan to help older people participate in their communities more and improve their quality of life.
The Tāmaki Tauawhi Kaumātua – Age-Friendly Auckland Action Plan is the result of extensive consultation among a wide range of individuals, organisations, community groups and local boards over the past two years.
Mayor Phil Goff said Council wanted to make a real impact on the lives of older people by taking an age-friendly view of Auckland’s services and infrastructure.
“Our Action Plan provides different measures to respond to older Aucklanders’ needs, including keeping connected to others, getting information, using technology, accessing public space, buildings, transport, and housing,” he said.
However, the draft plan found little favour with Rodney Local Board at its regular business meeting last month.
Members felt that they hadn’t been given enough time to consider and represent what local residents thought, as board and public feedback was being sought simultaneously. They also were not keen on the way the plan was presented.
“The draft Tāmaki Tauawhi Kaumātua – Age-Friendly Auckland Action Plan as it stands does not engage the multi-cultural audience that makes up our population, and contains corporate language and style that is not suitable for its audience,” members said.
The final Action Plan will be presented to Council’s Parks, Arts, Community and Events committee for adoption on November 11.
Once adopted, Council will use the action plan in a bid to join the World Health Organisation’s global network of age-friendly cities and communities.