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

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Children enrolled in Maori language education

Why is this indicator important?

Māori language and culture are integral to the national identity of Aotearoa New Zealand. Te Kohanga Reo early childhood education centres and Māori medium schools provide culturally specific learning experiences such as mihimihi, karakia, waiata, poi, and haka that impart Māori knowledge through the use of Māori language, and enable children to internalise not just the language but also Māori culture. Children’s immersion in Māori culture and participation in learning the Māori language are essential for the retention of the Māori knowledge and values into the future. Māori is an official language of New Zealand, and an essential component of national identity.

Percentage of the children enrolled in Māori language based education services, 2001-2018


  • In 2018, 3.1% of children in the Wellington region were enrolled in early childhood education and schools, were enrolled in Māori-language-based education services.
  • The percentage of children in the Wellington region enrolled in Māori-language-based education services remained relatively constant between 2001 and 2004, decreased between 2004 and 2012, but since then has recovered some ground.
  • The percentage of children in New Zealand enrolled in Māori-language-based education services follows a similar trend to that observed in the Wellington region, although the percentage of children enrolled for New Zealand is consistently higher across the time series, with the 2018 figure at 4.3%.

Children enrolled in Maori language education

Definition and data details

Indicator Definition

The number of children enrolled in licensed te kohanga reo services and Maori medium education expressed as a function of the total number of enrolments in licensed early childhood services and schools.

Data Source

Ministry of Education

Last updated April 2019

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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