How will the Whangarei council cater for the increasing amount of retired people living in our city, I will first ask what retired people want and listen to the aged advisory group. I will lobby for your needs there are some suggestions below.

While many retirees report an eventual urge to become more productive in retirement than they had anticipated. To have a successful and happy retirement, you'll want to plan for everything, including what you hope to do.

Think about your personality. Do you love alone time, good books, newspapers, and TV may bring you long-term happiness.

A retired social type might be unhappy spending days alone and instead crave stimulation activity and interaction.

You may have a hobby that always fell to the wayside during your working years. Whatever you may have on your life list of things to do during your retirement years, start thinking about it before you retire.

No matter your personality, studies have shown that retirees who keep a busy schedule with three to four regular activities and who maintain their relationships and social interaction tend to lead happier retirements.

Keeping engaged can boost your physical and mental health, and recent studies have even shown how certain activities in retirement can reduce your risk of developing diseases like Alzheimer's.

In addition to having a plan for your time good financial planning will be needed what kind of discretionary retirement income should you be saving for in order to manage your fixed expenses like housing, food, and healthcare. If you expect to spend your time gardening and volunteering, your monetary needs to do so will be different from the people who want to travel the world and play golf every day.

By thinking about the activities you might be interested in during retirement, you allow yourself to plan for them and ensure that when you are retired, you can make the most of that phase of your life.

That all may sound well and good, but it is not uncommon if you are having some difficulty thinking about what those plans might look like. Here are a few retirement activity ideas to get your brainstorming started.

Part-Time Work

While those who have achieved true financial independence have no need to work, others may find that a few hours here and there will increase their financial security.

Even those not needing the additional income might find their happiness, and life satisfaction increases simply by being around others, particularly if the job requires significantly less stress and responsibilities than their pre-retirement careers did during their prime working years


Doing good by helping others can not only fill the day but more importantly, it can create the meaning and purpose that people of all ages crave. Whether by becoming more active in an organisation you may have participated in during your working years or by seeking out new associations to donate your time to, you can take advantage of the skills and talents honed throughout your career for the benefit of others.


Exerting yourself physically and mentally helps keep you healthy during your working years. The same is true during retirement. If you weren't a gym nut during your 40's, you certainly don't have to start going to the gym or attend a yoga class every day in your sixties (though you may find that you'd like to start now with greater free time). Still, make sure to keep the body flexible and strong. Similarly, engaging in intellectual conversations and solving puzzles helps keep your mind fresh.