Retirement Resources

Ageing, Caring, Employment, Health, Information/Support, Housing, Leisure & Education and Support Groups

* Ageing
    * Caring
    * Employment
    * Health
    * Information/Support
    * Housing Issues
    * Leisure and Education
    * Retirement Housing/Associations
    * Support groups


Gerontology Association

Purpose:  For the well being of older people and study of ageing in all its aspects
Auckland Office: c/o Older Peoples Health, 10th floor, Auckland Hospital, Park Rd, Grafton, Auckland
Postal Address: Private Bag, 92024, Auckland
Phone: 09 307 4949 ext 6404
Fax: 09 307 2897

New Zealand Institute for Research on Ageing

Purpose: To increase and enhance multi-disciplinary research on human ageing, particularly within the New Zealand context

Postal Address: Victoria University of Wellington, PO Box 600, Wellington, Attn: Associate Professor Dr J.A. Davey
Phone: 04 463 6746
Fax: 04 463 5064



Purpose: To provide an online resource for carers
Postal Address: Freepost 3739, Mangonui, Northland
Phone: 09 406 0412
Fax: 09 406 1036

Caring for Carers Incorporated

Purpose: A community funded group that supports those people who are caring or have provided unwaged care for a family member or friend with a long term mental, intellectual or physical condition or disability
Office: Level 4, Securities House, 221 Gloucester St, Christchurch
Postal Address: PO Box 13 167, Christchurch
Phone: 03 377 8426
Fax: 03 377 8420

Grandparents Raising Grandchildren Trust

Purpose: To provide support to grandparents who are primary caregivers and to provide opportunities for grandchildren to meet others in the same situation
Postal Address: PO Box 34 892, Birkenhead, Auckland
Phone: 09 480 6530
Fax: 09 480 6532


Grey Skills

Purpose: A network of self-employed trades people and professionals from carpenters to accountants, aged 40 or older providing quality guaranteed services to home and property owners in New Zealand
Office: Level 1, Scales House, 254 Montreal St, Christchurch
Phone: 03 963 7777
Fax: 03 963 7776


Alzheimers New Zealand

Arthritis New Zealand

Purpose: To offer an extensive information and education service and a strong support network to sufferers of arthritis and their families
National Office: Level 2, 166 Featherston St, Wellington
Postal Address: PO Box 10 020, Wellington
Phone: 04 472 1427
Fax: 04 472 7066

Cancer Society of New Zealand

Purpose: To minimise the impact of cancer on New Zealanders by providing funding for esearch into the causes and treatments of cancer, as well as offer support for cancer patients and their families
National Office: Level 6, Wakefield House, 90 The Terrace, Wellington
Postal Address: PO Box 10 847, Wellington
Phone: 04 494 7270
Fax: 04 494 7271

Complementary & Alternative Medicine

Purpose: Provides a clear, precise and up-to-date evidence-based information to the public about Complementary and Alternative Medicine

Diabetes New Zealand

Purpose: A first port of call for New Zealanders with diabetes, those at risk and their families.

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Enable New Zealand

Purpose: To assist disabled people and their families, employers, health professionals and disability support organisations
National Office: 60 Bennett Street, Palmerston North
Postal Address: PO Box 4547, Palmerston North
Freephone: 0800 17 19 81
Phone: 06 952 0011
Fax: 06 952 0022

Huntington's Disease Association of New Zealand

Purpose: Provides support and advocacy for those with Huntington's Disease. As well as information and support to family members and


Purpose: A business unit of the Ministry of Health and is the authority
responsible for the regulation of therapeutic products in New Zealand.

Mental Health Foundation of New Zealand

Purpose: To deliver knowledge in the area of mental health, by providing access to quality information and resources

Ministry of Health

Purpose: Contains a wealth of information on key health topics along
with information on other publications and resources including District Health Board links and Healthline.
Healthline provides free 24-hour health advice on 0800 611 116
FreePhone: 0800 611 116

National Heart Foundation

Purpose: To lead the fight against cardiovascular disease (heart, stroke and blood vessel disease)
National Office: 9 Kalmia St, Greenlane, Auckland
Postal Address: PO Box 17 160, Greenlane, Auckland
Phone: 09 571 9191
Fax: 09 571 9190

The National Foundation for the Deaf (Inc)

Purpose:To support deaf or hearing impaired New Zealand children and adults
National Office: 127 Vincent Street, Auckland
Postal Address: PO Box 5593, Wellesley St, Auckland
Phone: 0800 867 446

New Zealand Continence Association

Purpose: A charitable organisation driven by enthusiastic health professionals committed to the assessment and management of bladder and bowel control problems.

Parkinsons New Zealand

Purpose: Provides Education, Information, Field Officers and Support
for all people with Parkinson's their caregivers, friends and families.

Royal New Zealand Foundation of the Blind

Purpose: To empower members to adjust to a change in lifestyle and create a new beginning through using new skills, technologies and resources
National Office: Awhina House, 4 Maunsell Road, Parnell, Auckland
Postal Address: Private Bay 99941, Newmarket, Auckland
Phone: 09 355 6900
Fax: 09 355 6919

Stroke Foundation of NZ Inc

Purpose: To provide information and support to people with a stroke, their family/whanau and caregivers
National Office: Level 1, Federation House, 95-99 Molesworth Street, Wellington
Postal Address: PO Box 12482, Wellington
Freephone: 0800 STROKE (0800 78 76 53)
Phone: 04 472 8099


Age Concern New Zealand

Purpose: A not-for-profit, charitable organisation, dedicated to promoting the quality of life and well-being of older people, advocating positive healthy ageing for people of all ages
National Office: 4th Floor, Westblock, Education House, 178-182, Willis Street, Wellington
Address: PO Box 10 688, Wellington
Phone: 04 801 9338
Fax: 04 801 9336

Births, Deaths & Marriages

Purpose: Births, Deaths and Marriages registers and maintains New
Zealand birth, death, marriage and civil union information and provides access to that information by issuing certificates and printouts. This includes information on sourcing copies of certificates, and other family history etc.

Citizens Advice Bureau

Purpose: A voluntary organisation providing free, confidential information and advice to anyone about any query or problem
Freephone: 0800 FOR CAB (0800 367 222

Consumers' Institute of New Zealand, Inc

Purpose: New Zealand's trusted source of independent consumer information on a wide range of products and services and much more.

Department of Work & Income

Purpose: Services include Financial Assistance (Such as Community Services Card)
Freephone: 0800 559 009

Human Rights Commission

Purpose: The Commission champions fundamental human rights as a framework for a fair and just society for all the people of New Zealand
FreePhone: 0800 496 877

Ministry of Consumer Affairs

Purpose: Development of consumer policy including consumer protection, product safety and weights and measures. Services include the provision of appropriate, accurate and accessible information, education and advice for consumers and businesses on consumer laws and issues, investigation of unsafe consumer products, the provision of advice on consumer representation including a consumer representation nomination service to government departments and agencies, administration of a range of consumer legislation and enforcement of the Weights and Measures Act 1987.

Ministry of Social Development

Purpose: The Ministry of Social Development (MSD) provide government
with advice on strategic social policy, sectoral policy and social
research and evaluation in the areas of income support, child, youth and family as well as community. They are also responsible for providingpolicy advice and support through the Offices for the Community and Voluntary Sector, Senior Citizens and Disability Issues.

New Zealand Law Society

Purpose: This site provides a wealth of legal information on the likes of Wills, Trusts and Enduring Power of Attorney and much more.

Retirement Commission

Purpose: The Retirement Commission is a crown entity that helps New Zealanders prepare financially for their retirement. The Commission's responsibilities include, raising awareness of the need to plan for retirement, providing education on financial management and planning tools, collecting research on retirement planning behaviour and attitudes and providing information that aids development of national policies impacting on retirement.

Housing Issues

Barrier Free New Zealand Trust

Purpose: To encourage, promote and facilitate the creation of environments that are accessible and usable by everyone in the community, including people with disabilities
Postal Address: PO Box 25 064, Panama St, Wellington
Phone: 04 915 5848
Fax: 04 915 5849

Housing New Zealand

Purpose: To provide access to decent homes, help New Zealanders manage their own circumstances and contribute to community life
National Office: AMI Building, 15 Osterley Way, Manukau City, Auckland
Postal Address: Private Bag 76 913, Manukau City, Auckland
Phone: 09 261 5000
Fax: 09 263 9841

Leisure and Education

CR Puzzles

Purpose: A site of online puzzles

Grey Power

Purpose: To advance, support and protect the welfare and well being of older people
National Office: 65 St George Street, Papatoetoe, Auckland
Postal Address: PO Box 200-129, Papatoetoe Central, Auckland
Phone: 09 277 7954
Fax: 09 277 7958

NZ Masters Games

Purpose: A national biennial event, open to all regardless of skill, but age depends on sport – generally 30+
Freephone: 0800 35 40 45

Older Women’s Network

Contact: Sylvia Baynes
Postal Address: PO Box 35 348, Browns Bay, Auckland


Purpose: To give older adults an opportunity to get on the Internet, and learn more about new communication and information technology
Freephone: 0800 SENIORNET (0800 736 467)


Purpose: At SPARC (Sport and Recreation New Zealand) we are dedicated to getting New Zealanders moving. That means everything from supporting elite athletes to getting out into local communities and encouraging people to get active

University of the Third Age
  In conjunction with the University of Otago, U3A offers community-based adult education courses targeted mainly to the wide-ranging interests of the over 50s
Contact: Mrs Judith Gray, 5A Fifield Street, Roslyn, Dunedin
Phone: 03 467 2619

Retirement Housing/Associations

Retirement Villages Association

National Office: Level 1, Petherick Towers, 38 Waring Taylor St, Wellington
Postal Address: PO Box 25 022, Panama St, Wellington
Phone: 04 499 7090
Fax: 04 499 4240

Residential Care NZ

New Zealand Home Health Association

National Office: Level 4, Local Government Bldg, 114 Lambton Quay, Wellington
Postal Address: PO Box 5344, Wellington
Phone: 04 472 3196
Fax: 04 472 3176


Purpose: To promote and establish local community-based and volunteer-led societies for older people
Postal Address: PO Box 482, Nelson
Phone: 03 546 6459

Support Groups

Women and Grief Home Care Trust

National Office: Group of volunteers who have all experienced a bereavement, and are now committed to helping other women in the same position
Postal Address: PO Box 51 072, Pakuranga, Auckland
Phone: 09 537 2267