Towards positive ageing : older people's advocacy in New Zealand, 1970-2001.
Degree GrantorUniversity of Canterbury
Degree NameMaster of Arts
During the second half of the twentieth century demographic, economic, political and social changes in New Zealand began to transform older people’s lived experience. National organisations such as the National Old People’s Welfare Council (later Age Concern), the New Zealand Superannuitants Federation (later Grey Power), and the New Zealand Returned Servicemen’s Association (NZRSA) emerged to highlight the plight of older people and fight for their needs that were perceived as not being met by Government. This thesis aims to explore the role these three national organisations had in the development and implementation of the Positive Ageing Strategy (2001) in New Zealand. Each organisation adopted advocacy as a function of their services and collaborated with, and lobbied against the New Zealand Government on issues important to the majority of older people in New Zealand. The emergence of national advocacy groups for older people in New Zealand transformed the relationship between aged care and the New Zealand government, and contributed to a broader shift in public discourse related to ‘positive ageing’. Examination of the input into this discourse at a community, national and international level culminated with the introduction of the Positive Ageing Strategy in 2001.