Economic » Prosperous Community

All members of our community prosper from a strong and growing economy. A thriving business sector attracts and retains a skilled and productive workforce.

What is Prosperous Community?

A prosperous community is one in which there is a job market in which employment is growing, unemployment is low, incomes are relatively high and evenly distributed and people are well-educated. Having a decent income is a crucial element contributing to quality of life because most basic needs such as food, water, shelter, health care and many forms of recreation have to be purchased. The valuable services resulting from unpaid household and community work also contribute directly to our well-being and prosperity.

The prosperous community outcome is made up of eight indicators that were selected to measure progress towards the outcome definition (shown above). Please see below for the data relating to each of the prosperous community indicators.

City Circular

Prosperous community GPI, 2001-2018

What this means

The prosperous community index of the WR-GPI rose steadily between 2003 and 2008. However, the economic impacts associated with the fall-out from the global financial crisis (GFC) created a sharp reversal of the positive trend at 2008, and the index was negatively affected for the following four years with signs of recovery evident in 2013. A net change for this index between 2001 and 2017 of 13%. 

Did you know?

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

8 Indicators are being used to track Prosperous Community in the Wellington region

Click on each indicator below to access further information

Download Territorial Authority data for these Indicators

Local employment

Why is this indicator important?

People whose home and workplace are located in the same area are more likely to shop locally and be more engaged in the local community, contributing to community resilience and increasing social connectedness. Local employment provides numerous co-benefits, for example shorter commute distances result in lower fuel costs and a reduction in transport-related greenhouse gas emissions and can improve health outcomes through increased commuter walking and cycling. 

Percentage of employed residents working and living in the same area, 2001-2013


  • In 2013, 37.5% of employed Wellington region residents lived in the same area in which they worked.
  • The percentage of employed residents living and working in the same area has remained relatively unchanged between 2001 and 2013 (38.0% to 37.5%).

Local employment

Definition and data details

Indicator Definition

Total trips to work from the same area expressed as a percentage of the total number of trips to work in the Wellington region

Data Source

Customised Journey to Work Tables from Statistics New Zealand: Census

Last updated July 2014

Data points available only for 2001, 2006 and 2013.

Indicators are updated in May and November each year; for those indicators where new data or survey results have become available.

Area refers to sectors which are larger than suburbs but smaller than Territorial Authority boundaries. For example: Wellington CBD, Wellington East, Lower Hutt North and Paraparaumu. 

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