Long-term Insights Briefing: The long-term implications of our ageing population for our housing and urban futures

Closed 10 Nov 2022

Opened 20 Oct 2022


Long-term Insights Briefings (Briefings) are a requirement of the Public Service Act. They’re designed to provide the public with information about medium and long-term trends, risks, and opportunities affecting Aotearoa New Zealand, and options for how we might respond.

We want to hear your thoughts on our draft Briefing, which looks at the long-term impacts and implications of our ageing population for our housing and urban futures.

Our consultation document looks at least 10 years ahead. It outlines the significant changes we expect to see in our population as the ‘baby boom’ cohort ages, birth rates decline, and life expectancies extend.

This ageing pattern will be persistent, increasing the numbers of seniors in our population as well as changing the composition of our population.

The key themes explored in this consultation document are:

  • Housing tenure and housing costs - ensuring affordable accommodation options with security of tenure for the increasing number of people who will rent into retirement.
  • Housing stock and houses - ensuring a diverse housing stock that caters to the functionality that seniors require to continue to live independently.
  • Neighbourhoods, towns, and cities - ensuring we design, develop, and redevelop our places in a way that makes it easy for seniors to access all the amenities they need to support their wellbeing.

Have your say

Our ageing population affects everyone, and we want to hear your views. 

Read our consultation document and tell us what you think by completing our online survey.

Long-term Insights Briefing - Consultation document

This consultation closed 10 November 2022.