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?

Natural disasters (and the cost of cleaning up after them) actually create an increase in GDP, thus counting natural disasters as a benefit to our economy. From a GPI perspective, natural disasters would be a decline in our well-being

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

Click on each indicator below to access further information

Download Territorial Authority data for these Indicators

Voter turnout

Why is this indicator important?

Voting is a fundamental way for people to express their political will. Citizen participation in the political process and in civic affairs is a sign of a healthy democracy. It also reflects people’s sense of connection with and investment in the issues that affect the society in which they live.

Average voter turnout in local council, DHB and regional council elections, 2001-2016



  • Voter turnout for the Wellington region was 42.5% in 2016, which is an increase or equal to the previous two election years. This covers voters at local Council, District Health Board (DHB) and Regional Council elections.
  • Voter turnout for New Zealand as a whole in 2016 was almost the same as for the Wellington region at 42%, and an increase since 2012.
  • Voter turnout decreased in the Wellington region and across New Zealand between 2001 and 2012. The declining trend is consistent for elections to local council, DHB and regional council. 

Voter turnout

Definition and data details

Indicator Definition

The average of regional council, DHB and TLA election voter turnouts where voter turnout is defined as the total number of voters expressed as a fnction of the total number of possible voters (electors).

Data Source

Department of Internal Affairs: Local Authority Election Statistics

Last updated March 2018

Data points available only for years shown.  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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