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 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.

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Cultural well-being (and strong and tolerant community), 2001-2017

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, and enrolment in Māori language education (primary and secondary level).  


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 & 2017.

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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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Access to support in a crisis

Why is this indicator important?

This indicator measures if people have someone to turn to for help and support during difficult times. If people have support they are more likely to feel safe and secure, which helps contribute to their overall well-being. This indicator is one measure of people’s sense of social connectedness. 

Percentage of people who have access to support in a time of crisis from another household 2008, 2010 and 2012



  • In 2012, 96.6% of respondents in the adult population of the Wellington region had someone to turn to for help in a time of need.
  • This is similar to the percentage for New Zealand overall at 96.2%.
  • There has been little change in Wellington region respondents’ perceptions of availability of help in a time of crisis from another household between 2008 and 2012.

Access to support in a crisis

Definition and data details

Indicator Definition

Percentage of people who have access to support in a time of crisis from another household 

Data Source

Statistics NZ General Social Survey

Last updated September 2014

Data points available only for 2008, 2010 and 2012.  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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