Cultural » Strong & Tolerant

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.

What is Strong & Tolerant?

Having a population rich in heritage, cultures and languages provides enormous social, cultural and economic benefits.  The arts are important for adding to community strength and identity, and are recognised for enabling communication across a range of different groups within society. Voting is a way that people can participate in decision-making, to be fairly represented and to seek redress for discrimination. 

Strong and tolerant community is made up of 12 indicators that were selected to measure progress towards the strong and tolerant community outcome definition (shown above). Data relating to each individual indicator (for the 2001 to 2016 period) is provided via the menu below. The index that measures change in the strong and tolerant community outcome (pictured below) shows the composite average of the individual indicators.

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Cultural well-being (and strong and tolerant community), 2001-2016

What this means

The strong and tolerant community outcome of the WR-GPI was highest in 2001, it has declined till 2012. The index has exhibited small increases between 2013 to 2014 with a small drop in the last two years. 

 

Major contributors to the negative trend in the outcome between 2001 and 2012 were declining average voter turnout at local elections, enrolment in Māori language education and the percentage of the population who can have an everyday conversation in te reo Māori.  

 

The overall decline in the strong and tolerant community outcome was partly offset by rising trends amongst the percentage of the population identifying with the Māori, Pacific or Asian ethnic groups and the number of registered heritage places in the region. Enrolment in Māori language education has increased between 2012 & 2015.

Did you know?

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

12 Indicators are being used to track Strong & Tolerant in the Wellington region

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Ethnic diversity

Why is this indicator important?

Ethnic composition is a key measure of demographic change over time. The combination of cultures, languages, traditions and skills brings vibrancy to the region, which is reflected in cultural events and traditions. A good understanding of the ethnic composition can also help the region deliver better services and plan effectively for the future.

Percentage of the population identifying with the Māori, Pacific and Asian ethnic groups, 2001-2013

Findings

  • In 2013, 31.6% of respondents in the Wellington region identified with the Māori, Pacific and Asian ethnic groups.
  • Over the last three census periods there has been an increase in the percentage of the population identifying with the Māori, Pacific and Asian ethnic groups in the Wellington region.
  • The percentage of the population identifying with the Māori, Pacific and Asian ethnic groups was similar in the Wellington region and New Zealand in 2001. However, the rate of increase has been greater at a national level, resulting in New Zealand having a higher percentage of the population identifying with Māori, Pacific and Asian ethnic groups in 2006 and 2013.

Ethnic diversity

Definition and data details

Indicator Definition

Percentage of population identifying with the Māori, Pacific and Asian ethnic groups

Data Source

Statistics New Zealand: Census

Last updated September 2014

Data points available only for 2001, 2006 and 2013.  Indicators are updated in April and November each year; for those indicators where new data or survey results have become available.

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