Environmental » Healthy Environment

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.

What is Healthy Environment?

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 2016 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.

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Healthy environment, 2001-2016

What this means

The healthy environment index increased between 2001 and 2016 by 8.1%.

 

The index exhibits some fluctuations, exacerbated by indicators such as stream and river health, landfill waste and GHG emissions per capita that, whilst demonstrating improvement when viewed across the entire time series, experienced sharp declines in some years, and notable increases in others.

 

Key improvements relate to the suitability of marine and freshwater sites for recreation, and the per capita water supply (a measure of sustainable water consumption). Two indicators that have not shown signs of improvement however are soil quality of dairy farm sites and perception of air pollution as a problem.

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16 Indicators are being used to track Healthy Environment in the Wellington region

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QEII covenants

Why is this indicator important?

The loss of natural habitats and the declining diversity of our indigenous flora and fauna are regarded as one of our biggest environmental problems. A number of indigenous species are already extinct and many others are under threat. Open space covenants help to protect New Zealand’s unique natural and cultural heritage. This heritage helps to define our sense of national identity and contributes to our enjoyment and appreciation of New Zealand.

QEII covenanted land, 2001-2016

Findings

  • In 2016, 6,326 hectares of land in the Wellington region was registered under QEII covenant.
  • The area of land registered under QEII covenant in the Wellington region increased between 2001 and 2016 by 38%.

QEII covenants

Definition and data details

Indicator Definition

The area of registered and approved covenanted land (ha) in the Wellington region.

Data Source

QEII National Trust

Last updated April 2017

Indicators are updated in May and November each year; for those indicators where new data or survey results have become available.

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