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The Quality of Life Project was initiated in response to growing pressures on urban communities, concern about the impacts of urbanisation and the effects of this on the well-being of residents. The key purpose of the project is to provide information to decision-makers to improve the quality of life of New Zealanders.
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The Costs of Physical Inactivity - Toward a regional full-cost accounting perspective was released on 13 February 2013. The new joint local government study, commissioned by Auckland Council, Waikato Regional Council and the Wellington Regional Strategy Committee (which represents all the councils in the Wellington region) examines the full costs of physical inactivity in their regions.
The Wellington Region Genuine Progress Index (WR-GPI) 2001-2010 is the first assessment of the economic, environmental, social and cultural well-being conditions and trends for the Wellington region. It covers the period 2001-2010.
This Wellington region GPI report provides some background material on the establishment of the WRS; the decision to develop a GPI as a framework to masure the region's progress towards well-being; and tracks the current condition (for the year 2010) and trends (2001-2010) in the region's overall well-being, and across the four aspects of well-being and the nine WRS community outcomes. (PDF, 1.5MB)
This paper provides some background material on the decision to develop a GPI as a system to measure the region's progress towards well-being; our approach to the development of indicators and indexes of well-being; the selection criteria for indicators; a review of the advantages and disadvantages of developing a single composite index; and a description of our approach to developing a single composite index of well-being for the Wellington region. (PDF, 997KB)
This report focuses on findings related to the social well-being aspect of the WR-GPI. Social well-being in the WR-GPI framework is made up of indicators from five community outcome areas – healthy community, connected community, sense of place, quality lifestyle and regional foundations. (PDF, 542KB)
This report focuses on findings related to the cultural well-being aspect of the WR-GPI. Cultural well-being in the WR-GPI framework is made up of indicators from only one community outcome area – strong and tolerant community. (PDF, 891KB)
This report focuses on findings related to the environmental well-being aspect of the WR-GPI. Environmental well-being in the WR-GPI framework is made up of indicators from only one community outcome area – healthy environment. (PDF, 709KB)
This report focuses on findings related to the economic well-being aspect of the WR-GPI. Economic well-being in the WR-GPI framework is made up of indicators from two community outcome areas – prosperous community and entrepreneurial and innovative community. (PDF, 676KB)
A 90 point thesis submitted to Victoria University of Wellington as partial fulfilment of requirements for the degree of Master of Environmental Studies. (PDF, 4.4MB)
Aaron worked with the WRS Office to provide insights into key issues associated with integrating a GPI into governance and long-term community planning at the local government level. The research aim consisted of two core components:
1. Explore a 'good practice' approach to public participation in the development of the WR-GPI, and
2. Provide an overview of the context within which it fits.