Background

Under the Wellington Regional Strategy (WRS), sustainable economic growth is not about growth for growth's sake. It is about a level of growth that enables the region to enjoy a sound economic base as well as a high quality of life for its citizens. This GPI helps us to measure the overall well-being of the region by integrating economic, environmental, social and cultural data.

What is a GPI?

This Genuine Progress Index (GPI) is a tool which integrates economic data with environmental, cultural and social data to monitor the well-being of the Wellington region. It will enable the WRS and partners to analyse the opportunities and gaps in the region.

Why is the region doing a GPI?

During consultation on the development of the WRS, the public said that prosperity in the Wellington region meant more than monetary wealth. The public expressed how it was about quality of life for all members of our society and that economic growth should not be sought at the expense of the community or the environment. The WRS Forum agreed that a GPI would be used to measure quality of life that comes from sustainable economic growth.

Who developed the GPI?

The WRS Office took responsibility for the development of the GPI with support of all the other councils in the region as well as representatives from NZTA, Wellington Employers Chamber of Commerce, Capital and Coast District Health Board and Grow Wellington.

Sen. Robert F. Kennedy (1968) 

“Gross National Product includes air pollution and ambulances to clear our highways from carnage. It counts special locks for our doors and jails for the people who break them. It grows with the production of napalm and missiles and nuclear warheads.... It includes... the broadcasting of television programs which glorify violence to sell goods to our children. (But) there is much that it does not comprehend. It does not allow for the health of our families, the quality of their education, or the joy of their play. It is indifferent to the decency of our factories and the safety of our streets alike.”

For further information

Please go to the publications page to download the GPI report.

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exercise

The GPI counts our health-care costs created by smoking, not exercising, eating poorly and becoming obese, as costs, not gains, to the economy.

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natural disaster

Using GDP, smoking has traditionally been counted as a benefit to the economy. With a GPI, smoking is regarded as a cost

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Natural disasters (and the cost of cleaning up after them) actually create an increase in GDP, thus counting natural disasters as a benefit to our economy. From a GPI perspective, natural disasters would be a decline in our well-being

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cash

The GPI counts crime, pollution, greenhouse gas emissions, natural resource depletion and soil loss, as costs, not gains, to the economy.

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growth

A GPI is an attempt to measure whether a nation’s or a region's growth, increased production of goods, and expanding services have actually resulted in the improvement of the well-being of the people in the region.