An Age-Friendly Community: Shaping the future for Waihi Beach HIA

Waihi Beach (Waihi Beach ward) is a high ageing community of around 3,000 usually resident people, of which 22% are 65 years and older, and approximately half of the total population is aged 45+.

Waihi Beach (Waihi Beach ward) is a high ageing community of around 3,000 usually resident people, of which 22% are 65 years and older, and approximately half of the total population is aged 45+. The percentage of residents 65 years and older will increase to around 32% in the next ten years and 34% in the next 20 years (given migration variables).

The Western Bay of Plenty Local Governments: Bay of Plenty Regional Council, Tauranga City Council and Western Bay of Plenty District Council established SmartGowth as a coordinating agency to provide for sustainable forward planning actions to manage the projected high growth in the sub-region. A 50year Strategy and plan defines forward actions. Waihi Beach is identified as an intensification zone to accommodate future population growth.

An Age-friendly Health Impact Assessment (AFHIA) was utilised to examine the extent to which, within a context of policies for urban intensification, provision for the ‘ageing-in place’ health and wellbeing of ageing populations at Waihi Beach could be improved.

The project found that a range of identified health improvements drive an immediate need to resolve amenity planning within the town centre, transport options, primary health and community support care service delivery including responsibility to meet land and health service Treaty of Waitangi obligations to local Māori.

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