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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.
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 2017 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.
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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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.
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.
Quality of life survey
Last updated April 2019
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.
While care has been taken in processing, analysing and extracting information, we cannot guarantee that the information is free from error and we shall not be liable for any loss suffered through the use, directly or indirectly, of any information, product or service.