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Older Aucklanders: a quality of life summary report

Ashleigh Prakash, Kathryn Ovenden
Auckland Council Research and Evaluation Unit, RIMU
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Te Whakataki | Introduction: The 2022 survey of older Aucklanders’ wellbeing

Quality of Life is defined by the World Health Organization (WHO) as ‘individuals’ perceptions of their position in life in the context of the culture and value systems in which they live and in relation to their goals, expectations, standards and concerns’. There are many aspects which can contribute to an individual’s quality of life including, relationships, mental and physical health, safety, and sense of belonging in a community.

Tāmaki Makaurau Tauawhi Kaumātua – Age-Friendly Auckland Action Plan 2022-2027

Tāmaki Makaurau Tauawhi Kaumātua, Age-friendly Auckland Action Plan (the Plan) was adopted in late 2021 with the intention of enabling better quality of life for Auckland’s older people. The Plan is based on the WHO Age-Friendly Cities and Communities Framework and Te Whare Tapa Whā, a Māori wellbeing framework adapted by Sir Mason Durie. The Plan identifies relevant actions for the council and other government agencies, organisations, individuals, and communities, to take to address 10 domains of wellbeing for older Aucklanders.

Older Aucklanders Quality of Life Study 2022 and 2017

A baseline Older Aucklanders quality of life study was undertaken in 2016-17, and indicators and measures were developed. The study was based on data collected from a survey of Aucklanders aged 65 and older, and secondary sources.

This 2022 study builds on the baseline study to monitor changes over time. Indicators and measures were revised to align with the 10 ngā rohe/domains of Tāmaki Makaurau Tauawhi Kaumātua. Data was collected in a survey of older Aucklanders, and from secondary sources. The Electoral Roll and the People’s Panel were used to invite participation, with 1403 survey responses. This report summarises the main findings from Older Aucklanders: a quality of life status report.

A full copy of the report titled, Older Aucklanders: a quality of life status report (2022), can be found on the Knowledge Auckland website.

An additional qualitative research study was undertaken to explore the quality of life for older Māori, to support the Kaumātua domain of the Plan and provide deeper insight into the wellbeing of older mana whenua (iwi and hapū with historic and territorial rights in Tāmaki Makaurau), and mataawaka (urban Māori). This research on the quality of life of older Māori Aucklanders was led by Māori researchers, and guided by a Rōpū Kaumātua. The Quality of Life of Older Māori in Auckland report can be found on the Knowledge Auckland website.

Auckland Council technical report, TR2022/22

August 2022

See also

Older Aucklanders: a quality of life status report

Quality of life of older Māori in Auckland