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Cultural well-being is about the vitality that communities and individuals enjoy through participation in civics, arts and cultural activities, and recognising and valuing our history, heritage, culture and diversity.
Under the WRS Community Outcomes the area of cultural well-being is represented by only one community outcome called strong and tolerant community. This means that the index represeting cultural well-being is the same as the index representing strong and tolerant community.
Cultural diversity can make the community and the life we live much richer, with cultural activities contributing to social connectedness. People’s sense of connection with wider society is also reflected in participation in the political process. The arts make a strong contribution to community strength and identity, and are recognised for facilitating communication across social, economic, cultural and ethnic groups.
People are important. All members of our community are empowered to participate in decision-making and to contribute to society. We celebrate diversity and welcome newcomers, while recognising the special role of tangata whenua.
The GPI counts our health-care costs created by smoking, not exercising, eating poorly and becoming obese, as costs, not gains, to the economy.