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About Age Concern New Zealand 'on research'

At the heart of everything Age Concern does is a passion to see older people experience well-being, respect, dignity, and to be included and valued. We support, inform and advise older people on issues such as access to health care, transport, housing, financial entitlements, and social opportunities. We also work to combat real problems in our society, like elder abuse and neglect, chronic loneliness and social isolation. We provide specialist services with trained and qualified professionals able to give expert advice and assistance. Age Concern is a charity and relies on the support of volunteers and public donations to do much of the work we do. To help us help older people, please consider making a donation of your time or money. To see how, visit

How can local authorities help older people with housing costs?

Two reports, one from the Productivity Commission and one from Local Government New Zealand, have recently looked at the functions of local government and how these might change to become more efficient and responsive to local needs[1]. This is an … Continue reading

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Ageing on a University Campus

26/07/2019 We have often heard praise for the benefits of intergenerational housing developments, where older people live alongside families and young workers/students. We have heard criticism of retirement villages, where older people can be cut off from younger generations. And, … Continue reading

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Health insurance – Who is Covered ?

12/07/2019 In an earlier blog, talking about self-funding retirement income, I added insurance to cover medical costs to the ways in which individuals, rather than governments, could contribute to income adequacy. It is estimated that 1.34 million New Zealanders have … Continue reading

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Valuing Carers and Providing Respite

28/06/2019 According to the 2013 census, 430,000 New Zealanders were identified as carers – 10% of the population. Each week, an average carer provides 24 – 36 hours of support, and this unpaid work is estimated to be worth $7 … Continue reading

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Why train older workers?

14/06/2019 A recent quote from Forbes Magazine – It’s nuts, but employee training programs tend to ignore older workers. This is bad for business, bad for workers in their 50s and 60s and bad for the (U.S.) economy. I know … Continue reading

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How trends and attitudes affect retirement income policy

31/05/2019 I have listed the various ways in which government policy in New Zealand contributes to retirement income adequacy – led by NZ Superannuation and Kiwi Saver, but also including various health benefits, the Accommodation Supplement, Super Gold Card and … Continue reading

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Decumulation Revisited

17/5/2019 This is the year for another Retirement Income Policy Review, carried out three-yearly by the Commission for Financial Capability (as successor to the Retirement Commission it inherits this requirement). At the end of April, I took part in a … Continue reading

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