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?

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.

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 impact of cultural diversity

Why is this indicator important?

Different cultural groups have unique strengths and perspectives from which the wider community can learn and benefit. Cultural diversity broadens the range of ideas, customs, and approaches available to solve problems and enriches community life. Cultural activities and practices can also contribute to social connectedness and reduce isolation. Places that are inclusive, open, and display a willingness to embrace diversity are likely to benefit socially, culturally and economically from being a part of a culturally heterogeneous community.

Perception of impact of cultural diversity, 2008-2016

Findings

  • In 2016, 62% of respondents in the Wellington region thought that an increasing number of people with different lifestyles and cultures made their local area a better place to live.
  • The proportion of the Wellington region adult population who thought that an increasing number of people with different lifestyles and cultures made their local area a better place to live, increased from 69% in 2008 to 75% in 2010, and is still below 2008 levels in 2016 at 62%.
  • In 2016, adults in the Wellington region were more likely to think that cultural diversity makes their area a better place to live compared to other NZ cities participating in the survey (62% compared to 56%).

Perception of impact of cultural diversity

Definition and data details

Indicator Definition

The percentage of respondents in the Wellington region that thought that an increasing number of people with different lifestyles and cultures makes their area a better or much better place to live.

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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