New insights into the lives of older New Zealanders

The majority of older New Zealanders are healthy, have liveable housing, and are secure financially. However, there are groups of older people experiencing hardship in one or more domains of health, housing, finance, social connection, and access.

A new report from the Social Wellbeing Agency and the Ministry of Social Development uses data from the Integrated Data Infrastructure (IDI) to explore experiences of older New Zealanders.  

“We were commissioned to use cross-government data to identify where individual issues and multiple disadvantages were affecting older New Zealanders. This is the first study that measures the needs of older people in multiple domains using the IDI,” Chief Executive Renee Graham said.

“In 2022 Aotearoa New Zealand had 842,000 people aged 65 and older. This number is likely to hit one million by 2028. As public service agencies, we need to learn more about the needs and the experiences of older people to better plan for the services we need in the future,” Chief Executive Renee Graham said.

This work is part of the Better Later Life Strategy – He Oranga Kaumātua 2019 to 2034(external link), a Government strategy which focuses on making the future better for New Zealanders as we age.

You can read the report here Older people experiencing vulnerability and multiple disadvantage in New Zealand. If you need a printed version please email

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