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?

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

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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Overall life satisfaction

Why is this indicator important?

Overall life satisfaction is measured through individuals’ self-reports of feeling satisfied or very satisfied with life in general. Self-rated overall life satisfaction measures the gap between a person’s hopes and expectations and their present experience.

Overall life satisfaction 2008, 2010, 2012 and 2014

Findings

  • In 2014, 83.3% of Wellington region respondents felt satisfied or very satisfied with their life as a whole. This was down from 85.7% in 2008.
  • In 2014, 82.6% of respondents in New Zealand overall reported that they were satisfied or very satisfied with their life as a whole. This was below the rating in 2008, and similar to the result for the Wellington region.

Overall life satisfaction

Definition and data details

Indicator Definition

Percentage of people who are satisfied with their overall life satisfaction

Data Source

Statistics NZ General Social Survey

Last updated March 2016

Data available only from 2008.  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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