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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 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.
The GPI counts our health-care costs created by smoking, not exercising, eating poorly and becoming obese, as costs, not gains, to the economy.
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This indicator measures whether a healthy democratic process is at work at the local level. The perception that the public is being listened to and that community input is valued and encouraged by councils, helps foster a sense of belonging, empowerment and community pride. Community engagement is essential to good governance. Community involvement in council decisions enables plans, strategies and policies to be better targeted and more likely to succeed.
The percentage of respondents in the Wellington region that thought the public had some influence or a large influence on the decisions the council makes.
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 (data available only from 2012). 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.