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?

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.

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

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Purchasing power

Why is this indicator important?

Purchasing power is measured as the amount of goods or services that can be purchased with a unit of currency. If household income stays the same but the price of goods and services increases, the purchasing power of household income falls. Households with lower purchasing power can suffer adverse health effects from not having decent living conditions or adequate access to resources, such as health care, nutritious food, and housing, which in turn affects overall well-being.

Purchasing power, 2001-2018


  • In 2018, CPI-adjusted median weekly household income in the Wellington region was $1,840.
  • The purchasing power of households in the Wellington region has fluctuated between 2001 and 2018. The trend has been upwards, increasing from $1,437 to $1,840, indicating that households had 18.0% more purchasing power in 2018 compared to 2001.
  • From 2001 to 2018, the purchasing power of households in the Wellington region was consistently above the national median.

Purchasing power

Definition and data details

Indicator Definition

Median weekly household income adjusted by the Consumer Price Index (CPI) (a measure of the average price of consumer goods and services purchased by households)

Data Source

Statistics New Zealand: Household Economic Survey (Income)

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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