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We have clean water, fresh air and healthy soils. Well-functioning and diverse ecosystems make up an environment that can support our needs. Resources are used efficiently. There is minimal waste and pollution.
Good air, water and soil quality, and reducing waste are all essential to maintaining a healthy environment and ensuring the sustainability of resources. Water-based recreational activities are part of an outdoor-focused way of life and it is essential that the water is of a high quality. Protecting land through open space covenants also helps maintain ecosystem diversity, along with natural and cultural heritage. Primary land uses such as agriculture, dairying and cropping are key contributors to an economy but they can have a negative influence on the environment.
16 indicators are used to measure progress towards the healthy environment outcome (defined above). Data relating to each individual indicator (for the 2001 to 2017 period) is provided via the menu below. The healthy environment index (pictured below) shows the composite average of the individual indicators.
As there is only one community outcome under environmental well-being, the same index is applied to both the well-being aspect and the community outcome area.
The GPI counts crime, pollution, greenhouse gas emissions, natural resource depletion and soil loss, as costs, not gains, to the economy.
Click on each indicator below to access further information
The region’s coastal beaches are widely used for a range of recreational activities such as swimming, sailing, surfing, water skiing and underwater diving. Clean coastal water is important for tourism and is fundamental to enjoyment of life. Maintaining and protecting coastal water quality is therefore an important public health and resource management issue.
The number of coastal/marine swimming spots with suitability for recreation grades of good or very good expressed as a function of the total number of swimming spots sampled
Greater Wellington Regional Council
Last updated April 2018
Data available only for 2006 to 2017.
Only selected sites around the region are monitored, and the number of sites monitored has changed over the study period. Measurements are only taken over the summer bathing months.
More information is available at www.gw.govt.nz/Annual-monitoring-reports/
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.