The Kāpiti Coast Older Persons' Council (formerly the Council of Elders) was established in 2008 as a voice for older people living in the community of the Kāpiti Coast, in the south west of New Zealand's North Island.

The Older Persons' Council is committed to working with the Kāpiti Coast District Council and the wider community to ensure that the Kāpiti Coast becomes an age friendly District. 

Physical meetings have been cancelled until further notice.  In the current COVID situation it is really important for us to do everything we can to keep our community safe.

It is also very timely for us all to consider a plan for yourself, your family and your wider connections for; if or when COVID does arrive in Kāpiti. 

Things to consider include:

  • Who is in your family or bubble?  Who else are you responsible for?
  • Collate an emergency contact list.  An emergency contact for yourself, doctor, pharmacy, COVID-19 healthline 0800 358 543, COVID helpline 0800 779 997 or 0800 22 66 57, normal healthline 0800 611 116, Police, support agencies and other important numbers
  • Items that are essential to your and your family wellbeing, medication, food, other supplies you may need
  • How to keep safe if you need to go out, mask up, socially distance, wash hands, use the QR codes
  • Do you have a plan if you or a member of your bubble becomes infected with COVID-19, create a self-isolation space in your home?
  • If you get sick, who will need to be contacted? Do you have someone who will be able to check on you safely, cook meals for you and contactless delivery of essentials?
  • How will you know if you need urgent care?  Who will you contact if you need urgent care?
  • If you or someone in your bubble need to self-isolate who will you contact to help, who can do your shopping and other messages?
  • In your wider circle, are their vulnerable family or friends that may need assistance, are you able to do contactless welfare checks on them, provide hot meals for them, or even care for them if needed.
  • Ask for assistance if you need it, there is no shame in asking for help and there are a number of organisations that are available to provide assistance

What we do:

  • advise the Kāpiti Coast District Council to influence policy and planning
  • advocate to government and regional agencies
  • hold senior expos that promote services for older people and their families
  • hold community forums to inform older people on issues that affect their everyday living
  • undertake projects that improve older people's well-being, including: