Information below, courtesy of Ministry for Seniors

The future populations of our largest cities will be younger than the national average

But, they will still have the largest number of people aged 65-plus.


  • By 2033, the number of 65 plus is projected to increase:
  • From 170,000 to 350,000 people a 106 per cent rise


(including Porirua and the Hutt Valley)

  • There are 43,000 people aged 65-plus
  • That will nearly double to 85,000 or a 96 per cent increase


  • Currently has 52,000 people aged 65-plus
  • By 2033 that will rise to 92,000, a 76 per cent increase

By 2033, population decreases are expected in 25 per cent of cities and districts

  • That reflects an ageing population with more deaths than births,
  • And more people moving out of the area than moving in.
  • In TWO council districts, ONE IN FOUR is aged 65 plus.
  • By 2033 there will be 48 such districts.
  • Thames-Coromandel is the OLDEST district with a median age of 51 years
  • The national figure is 37.5 years

2033, a number of districts will have median ages over 50

This includes Hauraki, Central Otago, Kapiti Coast, Horowhenua, Kaipara, Kaikōura, Tasman, Central Hawke’s Bay, Carterton.

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