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

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

Click on each indicator below to access further information


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Perception of arts scene

Why is this indicator important?

The arts make a strong contribution to community vitality and identity, and are recognised for facilitating various modes of expression across social, economic, cultural and ethnic groups. The ability of people and communities to connect and to express themselves creatively through art, music, dance, stories, language, and by sharing their history and traditions, contributes to a sense of cultural well-being.

Percentage of the population who believe their area has a culturally rich and diverse arts scene, 2008-2014

Findings

  • In 2016, 66% of respondents in the Wellington region believed that the area they live in has a culturally rich and diverse arts scene. This compares to 66% for the other NZ cities surveyed.
  • Since 2010, the proportion of Wellington’s population who believe the area they live in has a culturally rich and diverse arts scene has decreased sharply from 89% to 66%.

Perception of arts scene

Definition and data details

Indicator Definition

The percentage of respondents in the Wellington region that agree or strongly agree that the area they live in has a culturally rich and diverse arts scene.

Data Source

Quality of life survey

Last updated April 2017

Wellington region: Includes all territorial authority areas in the Wellington region (data points available only from 2008).

New Zealand cities surveyed: Auckland, Christchurch, Dunedin, Wellington, Porirua and Hutt.

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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