Social » Quality Lifestyle

Living in the Wellington region is enjoyable, and people feel safe. A variety of healthy and affordable lifestyles can be pursued. Our art, sport, recreation and entertainment scenes are enjoyed by all community members – and attract visitors.

What is Quality Lifestyle?

A peaceful, harmonious and secure society is a vital and profound social asset that directly benefits the economy and the quality of life of its citizens. Therefore, if people’s perceptions of their overall quality of life are high then this tends to relate positively to their personal well-being. Lack of affordable housing can result in parts of the population living in crowded and inadequate housing which can impact on health and other social outcomes.

Quality lifestyle is made up of 13 indicators that were selected to measure progress towards the quality lifestlye 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 quality lifestyle outcome (pictured below) shows the composite average of the individual indicators.

People on Mt Aston slopes

Quality lifestyle GPI, 2001-2016

What this means

The quality lifestyle GPI has fluctuated over time, and the 2016 result is only 0.6% higher than the result in 2001. Shifts have been observed for some of the individual values within the indicators. Between 2001 and 2016 across the Wellington region, five indicators in the quality lifestyle index improved, six declined, and two remained fairly stable.

Did you know?

The GPI counts crime, pollution, greenhouse gas emissions, natural resource depletion and soil loss, as costs, not gains, to the economy.

13 Indicators are being used to track Quality Lifestyle in the Wellington region

Click on each indicator below to access further information


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Housing affordability

Why is this indicator important?

Affordable housing is important for people’s well-being. For lower-income households especially, high housing costs relative to income are often associated with severe financial difficulty, and can leave households with insufficient income to meet other basic needs such as food, clothing, transport, medical care and education. High outgoings-to-income ratios are not as critical for higher-income earners, as there is sufficient income left for their basic needs.

Percentage of households that spend more than 30% of their disposable income on housing, 2001-2015

Findings

  • In 2016, 29.2% of households in the Wellington region spent more than 30% of their disposable income on housing costs. This indicator has shown a steady increase since 2004. A similar trend was observed for households across New Zealand as a whole over this time.
  • The percentage of households spending more than 30% of their disposable income on housing costs was consistently higher for New Zealand overall compared to households in the Wellington region up until 2016. In 2016, 29.6% of NZ households compared to 30.2% of Wellington households spend more than 30% of disposable income on housing.

Housing affordability

Definition and data details

Indicator Definition

The percentage of households that spend more than 30% of their disposable income on housing.

Data Source

Customised request to Statistics New Zealand using Household Economic Survey data

Last updated April 2017

Data 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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