Rangahau Research

Kaupapahere me te rangahau | Policy and Research


Te Ara Ahunga Ora Retirement Commission conducts and commissions research on a variety of topics.

We conduct a Review of Retirement Income Policies every three years. Our Reports, along with the research undertaken to inform them, are available here.

As well as the Review of Retirement Income Policies, we also conduct research on other areas of relevance, and we will be posting it on this page.

Finally, we also undertake research on financial capability, which you can find here.

You might also be interested in research undertaken by academic and not-for-profit researchers on older people and matters that impact their retirement incomes. Details will be included here soon.

Correlates of housing experiences for New Zealand adults aged 65 years and older

We are pleased to release a new report by Massey that we commissioned to help us better understand the housing experiences of older people. The report considered the housing situation of 65–74-year-olds and the 75 years plus using data from the Health, Work and Retirement longitudinal study.

Both age groups were generally well-housed and happy in their homes. However, there was an association of poor housing conditions with poor mental health, lower quality of life, and increased falls. Poor housing conditions include lack of neighbourhood satisfaction, accessibility, and trust (in neighbours). Due to the clear pattern of relationships shown between wellbeing and housing in older age, more planning must be put into the provision of appropriate quality housing and neighbourhoods for an ageing population.