What it's about
Access to transport is an important contributor to the well-being of most New Zealanders. It provides a means of access to services, the maintainance of social networks and, for many, travel to and from their place of work. For the older population, access to private motor vehicles can assume far greater significance by providing a sense of independence and self-sufficiency.
The proportion of New Zealanders over the age of 65 years is expected to increase dramatically over the next few decades. With a majority of people in this age group living either on their own, or with just their spouse or partner, household access to private motor vehicles is an indicator of how well older people’s transport needs are being met.
The Older People's Access to Motor Vehicles: 2006 report aims to inform government policy that focuses on improving opportunities for older people to participate in society. The data provided in this report will add to information about access to private transport for older people and will also help in community planning and evaluation and in transport planning.
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