Economic » Prosperous Community

All members of our community prosper from a strong and growing economy. A thriving business sector attracts and retains a skilled and productive workforce.

What is Prosperous Community?

A prosperous community is one in which there is a job market in which employment is growing, unemployment is low, incomes are relatively high and evenly distributed and people are well-educated. Having a decent income is a crucial element contributing to quality of life because most basic needs such as food, water, shelter, health care and many forms of recreation have to be purchased. The valuable services resulting from unpaid household and community work also contribute directly to our well-being and prosperity.

The prosperous community outcome is made up of eight indicators that were selected to measure progress towards the outcome definition (shown above). Please see below for the data relating to each of the prosperous community indicators.

City Circular

Prosperous community GPI, 2001-2017

What this means

The prosperous community index of the WR-GPI rose steadily between 2003 and 2008. However, the economic impacts associated with the fall-out from the global financial crisis (GFC) created a sharp reversal of the positive trend at 2008, and the index was negatively affected for the following four years with signs of recovery evident in 2013. A net change for this index between 2001 and 2017 of 13%. 

Did you know?

Natural disasters (and the cost of cleaning up after them) actually create an increase in GDP, thus counting natural disasters as a benefit to our economy. From a GPI perspective, natural disasters would be a decline in our well-being

8 Indicators are being used to track Prosperous Community in the Wellington region

Click on each indicator below to access further information

Download Territorial Authority data for these Indicators

Building activity

Why is this indicator important?

The value of building consents are considered to align with business confidence in the regional economy. If a business or individual is willing to invest in the fixed capital expenditure of property development they must have some belief that conditions within the economy will maintain current levels or potentially improve.

Value of building consents, 2001-2017


  • In 2017, the real value of building consents in the Wellington region was $892 million.
  • Between 2001 and 2017, the real value of building consents in the Wellington region fluctuated. However, it was 12.7% lower in 2015 ($491 million) compared to 2001 ($562 million).
  • Since 2001 building consents real value has increased by 59%.

Building activity

Definition and data details

Indicator definition

The value of new building consents (residential and non-residential) adjusted by CPI.

Data Source

Statistics New Zealand: Building consents

Last updated April 2018

Real value figure is the sum of ‘Total building and construction’ and ‘Apartments’. Only includes construction work that requires a building consent. Some civil engineering works, such as roads, require resource consents but not building consents, so are not included. Adjusted to real value using Consumer Price Index (CPI) for corresponding year.

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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