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

Download Territorial Authority data for these Indicators

Voter turnout

Why is this indicator important?

Voting is a fundamental way for people to express their political will. Citizen participation in the political process and in civic affairs is a sign of a healthy democracy. It also reflects people’s sense of connection with and investment in the issues that affect the society in which they live.

Average voter turnout in local council, DHB and regional council elections, 2001-2013



  • Voter turnout for the Wellington region was 40.7% in 2013, having fallen in every year of monitoring since 2001 when it was 49.8%. This covers voters at local Council, District Health Board (DHB) and Regional Council elections.
  • Voter turnout for New Zealand as a whole in 2013 was virtually the same as for the Wellington region at 40.4%, having fallen sharply by 6.5% from the 2010 share.
  • Voter turnout has been falling in the Wellington region and across New Zealand. The declining trend is consistent for elections to local council, DHB and regional council.

Voter turnout

Definition and data details

Indicator Definition

The average of regional council, DHB and TLA election voter turnouts where voter turnout is defined as the total number of voters expressed as a fnction of the total number of possible voters (electors).

Data Source

Department of Internal Affairs: Local Authority Election Statistics

Last updated March 2016

Data points available only for years shown.  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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