Cultural well-being is about the vitality that communities and individuals enjoy through participation in civics, arts and cultural activities, and recognising and valuing our history, heritage, culture and diversity.

Under the WRS Community Outcomes the area of cultural well-being is represented by only one community outcome called strong and tolerant community. This means that the index represeting cultural well-being is the same as the index representing strong and tolerant community.

Cultural diversity can make the community and the life we live much richer, with cultural activities contributing to social connectedness. People’s sense of connection with wider society is also reflected in participation in the political process. The arts make a strong contribution to community strength and identity, and are recognised for facilitating communication across social, economic, cultural and ethnic groups.


Measurable Outcomes

Strong & Tolerant

People are important. All members of our community are empowered to participate in decision-making and to contribute to society. We celebrate diversity and welcome newcomers, while recognising the special role of tangata whenua.

Cultural well-being (and strong and tolerant community) 2001-2018

What this means

The cultural well-being aspect of the WR-GPI was highest in 2001 (96.7%). It declined gradually until 2010, before falling sharply by 6.5% between 2010 and 2012. The index exhibits a small upturn since 2013 which has levelled off to 91.7% in 2018. 


Overall upward trend since 2012 can be attributed to increase in the number of children enrolled in Māori language education and the percentage of the population who can have an everyday conversation in te reo Māori.  


Also offsetting the decline was the percentage of the population identifying with the Māori, Pacific or Asian ethnic groups and the total number of registered heritage places in the region. 

Did you know?

A GPI is an attempt to measure whether a nation’s or a region's growth, increased production of goods, and expanding services have actually resulted in the improvement of the well-being of the people in the region.