Call for older peo­ple’s groups to get in touch


Janet Clews is ask­ing all groups that work with older folk in Auck­land to get in touch, no mat­ter how small.

The mayor’s Se­nior Ad­vi­sory Panel was tasked with telling coun­cil­lors what peo­ple aged over 65 want – but she said there were many smaller or­gan­i­sa­tions across the city they knew noth­ing about.

Clews is chair­woman of the panel and said it was tasked with giv­ing coun­cil­lors feed­back on pub­lic trans­port, mixed hous­ing op­tions, ur­ban de­sign, cul­tural pro­grammes, pub­lic spa­ces, the en­vi­ron­ment and other is­sues.

But the panel was mostly con­nected with larger groups such as Age Con­cern and Grey Power.

Clews said she was dis­ap­pointed there was an ab­sence of es­tab­lished lo­cal groups ‘‘which may have been toil­ing away in the com­mu­nity for years with­out any ac­knowl­edge­ment at all’’.

The panel’s data­base of groups had been put to­gether ‘‘over a short time frame’’ by a con­trac­tor, she said.

With the coun­cil about to con­sider its 10-year bud­get it was ‘‘more im­por­tant than ever’’ for groups to get in touch, she said. Email se­nior­sad­vi­sory.panel@auck­land coun­ to con­nect.


The head of the panel that puts older peo­ple’s con­cerns to Auck­land Coun­cil, Janet Clews.

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