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Engaging with policy and practice in New Zealand

On a recent visit to New Zealand, Thomas Scharf, Professor of Social Gerontology met with senior officials to advise on the country’s future ageing strategy.

Planning for demographic change has become a key concern for policy and practice around the world. With a new government in place following the recent election, there is particular momentum around developing age-friendly city and community initiatives in New Zealand. Professor Scharf, whose visit was hosted by the Family Centre in Lower Hutt and the Centre for Active Ageing at Auckland University of Technology, presented his work on age-friendly environments at a series of meetings with local authorities, age-sector organisations, and academic researchers.

As part of his visit, Professor Scharf also appeared on Radio New Zealand’s popular ‘Nine to Noon’ show. The broadcast is available here.

published on: 15 November 2017