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Have your say on our proposal

We would like your feedback on our proposal to explore the long-term implications of our ageing population on the future of housing and urban development in Aotearoa New Zealand, and the scope of what the Briefing will cover.

What our Briefing will cover

We are proposing to explore three areas where the ageing of the population interacts with our housing and urban systems:

  • Our dwelling types and the performance needed from them – exploring the implications of ageing populations on the design and size of dwellings and how they cater for different households including inter-generational households, provide the right fit in relation to space, are adaptable to changing needs, are accessible and functional, and meet the needs of people as work, social and recreational demands and patterns change in the future.
  • The housing stock, its size, positioning within towns and cities – exploring what ageing populations mean for the number of households we are likely to have in the future, the size of the stock that is needed to provide for those households, and how those stock needs may vary from place to place. It will consider the futures of cities and towns and the possible futures where higher densities, different building types, and transport systems may emerge through intensification in parallel with ageing population
  • The affordability and security of housing – considering how ageing population structures may change what households can afford in relation to housing costs and how tenure patterns and associated housing security may change as the population ages.

Within these we propose giving particular attention to the implications of New Zealand’s complex demography and what structural ageing means for housing outcomes for:

  • Māori
  • Pacific peoples
  • Seniors
  • Young people
  • People ageing with disability.

We propose also to attend to how housing and urban development futures shaped by ageing population structures differ by region as well as in cities, towns, and rural areas, including within the context of climate change.

It will explore how housing providers, financial institutions, local government, and the construction industry see population ageing and how it will impact on their housing-related and planning activities.

Have your say

Have your say on our proposed focus and the scope of our Briefing by emailing responses to the following questions to LTIB@hud.govt.nz by 12 November 2021:

  1. Is the proposed topic, the long-term implications of our ageing population on the future of housing and urban development in Aotearoa New Zealand, a valuable issue to consider?
  2. We have set out a scope for our Briefing, including some aspects of how our ageing population structure interacts with different aspects of our housing and urban systems. Are they the right things to focus on? Are there other implications that we should consider?

Published: October 27, 2021

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