Social » Sense of Place

We have a deep sense of pride in the Wellington region and there is strong community spirit. We value the region’s unique characteristics – its rural, urban and harbour landscapes, its central location, and its capital city.

What is Sense of Place?

Residents with a strong sense of pride and a sense of community are key to building strong, socially sustainable and connected communities. These people will act as advocates for their region and promote the positive aspects their region has to offer by contributing to improving their neighbourhoods. The built environment contributes to the way people feel about where they live and impacts strongly on the sustainability of the natural environment. 

Sense of place is made up of 6 indicators that were selected to measure progress towards the sense of place 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 for sense of place (pictured below) shows the composite average of the individual indicators.

Walking to School

Sense of place, 2001-2016

What this means

The sense of place GPI has changed a small amount across the 15 year time series, a net change of only 0.1% from 2001 to 2016. The sense of place indicator that trended most positively over time was residents’ sense of community with others in their local neighbourhood.  The strongest negative trend across the sense of place indicators was in people’s perceptions about graffiti, vandalism and litter being a problem in their local area.

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6 Indicators are being used to track Sense of Place in the Wellington region

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Region as a great place to live

Why is this indicator important?

A well-functioning and integrated society is underpinned by trust and connectedness at the community level. Neighbourhoods in which people keep an eye out for each other, take an interest in maintaining ties and networks and have a shared pride of place are more likely to be safe and fulfilling environments than neighbourhoods where there is little, or negative, interaction.

Percentage of residents who view the Wellington region as a great place to live 2012 - 2016.

Region as a great place to live

Definition and data details

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