Measuring Changes in the Wellington region's progress and well-being

The Wellington Region Genuine Progress Index (WR-GPI) is a new approach to measuring progress in the Wellington region. It is a monitoring framework for assessing progress towards the well-being goals of the Wellington Regional Strategy (WRS). It enables us to put measures around the quality of life and well-being of residents in the region, as well as the condition of the environment and the economy.

The WR-GPI - the index and wellbeing indicators refer to the years 2001 to 2018

The WR-GPI is updated annually, with the data that is available at that time. Every five years, following the publication of Census data a summary of regional trends is produced. See the publications page for the most recent of these five yearly reports, which covers the time period 2001 to 2013


What is a GPI?

The GPI is a holistic measurement tool that governments and communities can use to measure whether a country or region's growth, increased production of goods, and expanding services have actually resulted in the improvement of the welfare (or well-being) of the people in the region or country.


It counts beneficial activities as positive, harmful activities as negative, and provides a systematic way to integrate economic issues with environmental, social and cultural concerns.


How to navigate this website

Click on each of the four main boxes above for information on the well-being areas of the WR-GPI.


Click on the circles above for information on each of the community outcome areas and on the individual indicators.

Increasingly regions and nations want to find out about more than economic activity. They want to know about the well-being of their populations.

For well over half a century the well-being of nations has been measured and compared by using Gross Domestic (or National) Product (GDP). GDP is mainly concerned with the total amount of cash flowing in an economy.

The GPI won the GHD "Supreme Award 2011" in the NZ Society of Local Government Managers (SOLGM) Local Government Excellence Awards. It also won the "Joined-Up Local Government" category award. These awards recognise the collaborative work of all the region's councils and other parties on the development of the GPI.

In recent years, there has been growing consensus that progress and well-being are more than just economic growth. The Genuine Progress Index attempts to include the true costs and benefits to society in its measurements to get a more accurate picture of how we are doing.

GPI measures more than just spending, taking into account social, environmental, economic and cultural factors to determine growth and/or decline in important areas of our lives, and to determine whether economic growth has actually resulted in an improvement on well-being.

Overall regional well-being, WR-GPI 2001-2018

What this means


This graph shows the overall WR-GPI trend for the Wellington region by combining the trends for the four well-being areas.

This shows that the regional WR-GPI has improved by 5.3% since 2001 .

Did you know?

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