Positive Ageing Day Programme

Migration can be a cumbersome process physically, mentally and emotionally. The transition can take a toll on the elderly who forgot their relationships built in their home country over the years and has to start from scratch in their vulnerable years. while global research has found elderly migrants experiencing isolation and a sense of vacuum in their lives, the intensity is more so amongst South Asian communities who live in closely connected and well-knit families.

This very issue of isolation, was identified by the Founder making the Positive Ageing Day programme the first of its kind to be started for South Asian communities in New Zealand. From the monthly meetings, sessions were held twice a week in Central Auckland initially and subsequently at Manukau. From 2009, regular sessions were held at the council-leased property at Onehunga. Our current Positive Ageing Activity days and locations are as follows:

Glendene Community Hub
82 Hepburn Rd
10.30 am - 1:30 pm

Onehunga Shanti Niwas Charitable Trust
14 Spring Street
10.30am - 1:30 pm

Onehunga Shanti Niwas Charitable Trust
14 Spring Street
10.30 am - 1:30 pm

Saint Andrews Church
152 Great South Road Manurewa
10.30 am - 1:30 pm

Seniors Net Hall (Next to Mt Eden War Memorial Hall)
487 Dominion Road,Mt Eden
10.30 am - 1:30 pm

No joining fees, a small donation is given towards meal and transport costs.
For all centers – Call Shanti Niwas at 09-6221010 or email: info@shantiniwas.org.nz for more information and joining.


Positive Ageing refers to maintaining a happy lifestyle, staying healthy, positive attitude and feel good about themselves throughout their lives as they age. To enable them to achieve this goal, the trust delivers Positive Ageing Day programs for the senior citizens and people with special needs in the Auckland region Onehunga Centre.

  • Universal Prayer, followed by the ‘Thought of the Day’
  • Birthday Celebrations
  • Physical Exercises
  • Socialization
  • Various Festival Celebrations
  • Musical Sessions
  • Games: Housie, Indoor balls, Carom board, Memory games etc.
  • Small group activities (according to the needs/interests of seniors: e.g puzzles, scrabble, cultural and spiritual discussions)
  • Educational Sessions on Health and Welfare-Related Issues
  • Healthy Lifestyle workshops
  • Outings and Picnics
  • Participation inCommunity Events
  • Facilities provided: Vegetarian Indian Meals and Transport


  • Tamil New Year Celebration
  • Eid Celebration
  • India’s Independence Day Celebration
  • Diwali Celebration
  • Christmas Celebration
  • Gurunanak Day Celebration
  • International Day of Older Person (IDOP)
  • KHUSHI Family Fun Day (Elder Abuse Awareness Day)

So far, we have been able to support 1200 seniors through Day Programmes in the last 25 years.

If you are interested, please complete our registration form

Registrations can be sent to:
Post: Shanti Niwas Charitable Trust
P O Box 24386
Royal Oak Auckland
or Email – info@shantiniwas.org.nz