Statistics about older people include information on their ethnic and religious affiliations, language(s) spoken, health, and disability. Also available are details about work and income, housing, leisure and participation, and access to amenities.
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New Zealand General Social Survey
Information on the well-being of New Zealanders aged 15 years and over. It covers a wide range of social and economic measures, and how well-being outcomes are distributed across different population groups, including those aged 65 years and over.
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New Zealand Survey of Older People in 2000
Held in Statistics NZ’s Data Archive, information from this survey describes the standard of living of older people and investigates the determinants of variation in their living standards. The Statistics NZ Data Archive holds the complete dataset and this can be used by approved researchers.
New Zealand Survey of Older People in 2000 – Māori sample
This survey was undertaken to boost the number of responses from older Māori in the Survey of Older People 2000. The Statistics NZ Data Archive holds the complete dataset and this can be used by approved researchers.
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Reports and articles
Explore information we've gathered from research and analysis.
Older people give and receive support (published 2013)
Age is not always a barrier to supporting family members, working, and being satisfied with life – a story released on International Day of Older Persons.
How will New Zealand's ageing population affect the property market? (published 2013)
Report considering some of the implications of an ageing population for the property market.
Loneliness in New Zealand: Findings from the 2010 NZ General Social Survey (published 2013)
Report using New Zealand General Social Survey information to explore patterns of loneliness in adults aged 15 years and over in New Zealand.
Planning for the future: Structural change in New Zealand’s population, labour force, and productivity (published December 2012)
This paper gives an overview of the demographic projections at the heart of fiscal sustainability. The paper also discusses some perspectives on growth and productivity in the context of ageing and fiscal sustainability.
Structural change and the 65+ population (published 2009)
Four articles that give a statistical overview of the impact of compositional change in the age structure of New Zealand’s population. The articles focus on those aged 65 years and over.
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