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Our local, national and international connections (including our access to them) are efficient, quick and easy. Our communication networks, air and sea ports, roads and public transport systems are world class and enable us to link with others, both within and outside the region.

What is Connected Community?

A region that is well-connected in terms of enabling resident’s access to private and public transport, and technology such as the internet, contributes to their overall well-being. Access to private and public transport increases people’s ability to get to employment, education and medical services, as well as access to the wider community within and outside the region.

Connected community is made up of 10 indicators that were selected to measure progress towards the connected community outcome definition (shown above). Data relating to each individual indicator (for the 2001 to 2018 period) is provided via the menu below. The index that measures change in the connected community outcome (pictured below) shows the composite average of the individual indicators.

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Connected community, 2001-2018

What this means

The connected community index was lowest in 2001 but rose steadily after that to reach its highest point in 2012. In the last 6 years to 2018 the index has decreased by 2.2 percentage points. Overall the index increased by 8% between 2001 and 2018. The majority of connected community indicators have trended positively over the study period. There were improvements across six indicators, very small changes in two indicators, and declines in two indicators. 

Did you know?

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

10 Indicators are being used to track Connected Community in the Wellington region

Click on each indicator below to access further information

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Access to public transport

Why is this indicator important?

This indicator measures people’s access to public transport. This facilitates their ability to access health services and programmes, recreational activities, education and employment. It also reduces dependence on private vehicles, which has positive benefits for the environment. Limited access to public transport can result in social isolation, especially among the elderly and the young.

Percentage of people living within 500m of a public transport stop, 2001-2018



  • The percentage of people in the Wellington region living within 500m of a public transport stop (bus stop or train station) decreased by 2.4%, from 84.5% in 2001 to 82.5% in 2013.

Access to public transport

Definition and data details

Indicator Definition

The number of people living within 400m (distance measured along the roading network) of a public transport stop with a regular service expressed as a function of the usually resident population count on census night.

Data source

Greater Wellington Regional Council

Last updated September 2014

Data available for 2001, 2006 and 2013 only.  Indicators are updated in May and November each year; for those indicators where new data or survey results have become available.

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