Cultural » 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.

What is Strong & Tolerant?

Having a population rich in heritage, cultures and languages provides enormous social, cultural and economic benefits.  The arts are important for adding to community strength and identity, and are recognised for enabling communication across a range of different groups within society. Voting is a way that people can participate in decision-making, to be fairly represented and to seek redress for discrimination. 

Strong and tolerant community is made up of 12 indicators that were selected to measure progress towards the strong and tolerant community outcome definition (shown above). Data relating to each individual indicator (for the 2001 to 2017 period) is provided via the menu below. The index that measures change in the strong and tolerant community outcome (pictured below) shows the composite average of the individual indicators.

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

What this means

The strong and tolerant community outcome of the WR-GPI was highest in 2001, it has declined till 2012. The index has shown fluctuating results since. 


Major contributors to the negative trend in the outcome between 2001 and 2012 were declining average voter turnout at local elections, and enrolment in Māori language education (primary and secondary level).  


The overall decline in the strong and tolerant community outcome was partly offset by rising trends amongst the percentage of the population identifying with the Māori, Pacific or Asian ethnic groups and the number of registered heritage places in the region. Student enrolment in Māori language education has increased between 2012 & 2018.

Did you know?

The GPI counts our health-care costs created by smoking, not exercising, eating poorly and becoming obese, as costs, not gains, to the economy.

12 Indicators are being used to track Strong & Tolerant in the Wellington region

Click on each indicator below to access further information

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Attendance at arts events

Why is this indicator important?

The arts, through their communicative power, enhance individual engagement with the world in ways that have both personal and public benefits. Many arts events have a social dimension that provides a basis for building social connectedness and community identity. Attendance at arts events also contributes to economic development by supporting growth in creative capital.

Percentage of the adult population that have attended at least one arts event in the past 12 months, 2005-2017


  • In 2017, 77% of respondents in the Wellington region said that they had attended at least one arts event in the last 12 months.
  • The survey methodology was changed in 2017 to an online format
  • The share of respondents in the Wellington region reporting that they had attended at least one arts event fell slightly from 91% in 2005 to 89% in 2008, dipping slightly in 2011 to 77% in 2017.
  • The share of respondents saying that they had attended at least one arts event in the last 12 months has been consistently higher in the Wellington region than for New Zealand as a whole where the rate was 73% in 2017.

Attendance at arts events

Definition and data details

Indicator Definition

The percentage of respondents in the Wellington region, age 15 years and over, that have attended at least one arts event (including visual arts, performing arts, literature, Maori arts and Pacific arts) in the past 12 months.

Data Source

Creative New Zealand

Last updated March 2019

Data points available only from 2005.  Indicators are updated in April and November each year; for those indicators where new data or survey results have become available.

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