Council planning and policies: positive ageing and planning for adverse natural events

Bev James, Kay Saville-Smith
Centre for Research, Evaluation and Social Assessment (CRESA)
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A resilient future for New Zealand’s communities depends on the ability of communities to harness the material resources and knowledge embedded in the diversity of people that live in those communities. Structural ageing in New Zealand, where there are increasingly higher proportions of older people relative to younger people, mean both the needs and the skills and expertise of older people will be key components in the ability of communities to make their way through adverse natural events and recover from them. Internationally it is recognised that this requires older people to be more able to protect themselves, built environments to be more resilient, and the primary and secondary responses to adverse events to be more effective. This requires better planning and co-ordination across the domains and sectors in which older people operate.

Councils, both regional and local, are the key place-based agencies with responsibility for local communities and the populations that live in them in good times and bad. Their planning for and support for positive ageing and the extent to which older people are recognised in emergency planning are important elements of community resilience.

This report presents a systematic analysis of emergency management documents and positive ageing documents promulgated by New Zealand councils. It has been conducted as part of the Community Resilience and Good Ageing: Doing Better in Bad Times research programme....(Introduction, p1)

See also:

Local Government Housing Resilience Survey

Community Resilience and Good Ageing: Doing Better in Bad Times,


Last updated: 2017-01-19