The New Zealand Aged Care Association is the largest and most influential association representing all parts of New Zealand’s aged residential care sector.

We are a powerful advocate, working to ensure this important sector gets the recognition and support it needs to provide excellent care for New Zealand’s older citizens.

We represent 91% or approximately 36,000 beds from New Zealand’s aged residential care sector. The services they provide include rest home, hospital, dementia and psychogeriatric care, as well as short-term care. 

The more members and support the NZACA has, the stronger our collective voice and the more influence we have.

  • We lobby government to shape policies and create an environment that helps our members provide outstanding quality care.
  • We provide leadership on issues that impact on the success of our members, including the sector’s defence of the Equal Pay Case currently before the courts.
  • We deliver an exciting annual conference, trade exhibition and awards programme, providing members with access to new ideas, information, networking events and a forum to discuss challenges and opportunities.

Join NZACA and enjoy the many benefits membership offers, as well as helping create a stronger residential aged care sector.

Our structure


Our Board

NZACA has an influential Board representing our diverse membership. The NZACA Board of Directors consists of seven elected representatives (one for each voting region and a chairperson), two large operator representatives and one appointed member. All Board Members are providers in aged residential care homes. The Chairman is Simon O’Dowd.


Our Chief Executive is Simon Wallace. Click here to read more about Simon and the NZACA team.

Our Branches

We have branches operating in 13 regions providing members with local networking opportunities and practical support.