The New Zealand Health, Work and Retirement Study (HWR) is a study of people aged 55 years and over who live in New Zealand.
The study aims to provide information on issues relevant to people in this age group such as:
This research provides New Zealand residents with the opportunity to share their experiences to help inform national and international discussions on these important issues.
About the study
The New Zealand Health, Work and Retirement Study began in 2006. It is led by Professor Christine Stephens and Professor Fiona Alpass from Massey's School of Psychology.
Get information for participants in the New Zealand Health, Work and Retirement study. Download an information sheet.
Surveys, technical reports & datasets
Download copies of survey questions from the Health Work and Retirement Study (HWS) and technical reports – or request data from core survey measures.
Publications & research outputs
Get references and links to research outputs for projects involving the Health and Ageing Research Team – from journal articles to book chapters and reports.
The research has employed six modes of data collection to assess health and wellbeing among older adults in New Zealand:
- a biennial health survey
- anonymised linkage to national health records
- anonymised linkage to ACC records
- in-depth qualitative interviews on a range of topics
- face to face and telephone interviews asking participants about events of the early, mid and later lives
- face to face cognitive health screens.
The New Zealand Health, Work and Retirement Study has also been known as:
- the New Zealand Longitudinal Study of Ageing (NZSLA) and the
- Independence Contribution Connection (ICC) study.
These projects have been led or co-led by the Health and Ageing Research Team (HART). They fall under the broader focus, resources and participant base of the New Zealand Health, Work and Retirement Study.
Partners & advisers
Our Māori Advisory Group supports our inclusion and protection of data provided by Māori participants under te Tiriti o Waitangi.
Māori Advisory Group
Our Māori Advisory Group comes together during the planning phases of projects that have a focus on Māori populations in New Zealand.
The group provides the following:
- a forum for the discussion of key issues pertaining to project materials, methods and outputs that are relevant to Māori participants and older people as a whole
- advice on the cultural appropriateness of project outputs related to Maori peoples
- advice on the planning and operational elements of the project
- voluntary peer review of academic work explicitly analysing data from Māori participants.
Members are also kept informed about the dissemination of findings of HART projects.
Māori Advisory Group members
The Advisory Group is made up of the convener Mr Brendan Stevenson, Dr Natasha Tassell-Matamua and four community members, including representation by mana whenua.
- Brendan Stevenson - convener (Ngā Puhi, Ngāti Hine, Ngāti Pōrou) Senior Consultant, Allen + Clarke Consulting.
- Natasha Tassell-Matamua (Te Atiawa, Ngāti Makea ki Rarotonga) Associate Professor, Massey University.
- Roland Fitzgerald (Ngāti Pōrou, Rangitāne) Māori educator.
- John Waldon (Tuhoe, Ngāti Kahungunu, Ngāti Pōrou) Māori Researcher.
- Ruma Karaitiana (Rangitāne, Ngāti Kahungunu, Ngai Tara, Kāi Tahu) Professional Director.
- Penny Poutu (Ngāti Maniapoto) Māori educator.
Dr Joanne Allen
Professor Fiona Alpass
Dr Gillian Craven
Dr Rosie Gibson
Professor Juliana Mansvelt
Dr Rachael Pond
Associate Professor Susanne Roehr
Professor Christine Stephens
Associate Professor Joanne Taylor
Associate Professor Andy Towers
Associate Professor Polly Yeung
Contact us with questions about this project or the Health and Ageing Research Team. Get more details about researchers on this project.
HART Research team
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