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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?

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

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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Active travel

Why is this indicator important?

An increase in the percentage of trips by active transport modes (e.g. walking and cycling) increases physical activity, which improves physical and mental well-being, encourages social interaction and lowers the risk of a number of diseases such as cardiovascular disease, type 2 diabetes and several types of cancer. Greater use of active modes for travel around the region can also contribute to important transport outcomes such as reducing congestion and associated air pollution, greenhouse gas emissions and vehicle costs. 

Active mode share of total household travel by residents in main urban areas, 2007-2017



  • In 2017, active travel (walking and cycling) made up 25% of total travel by respondents of main urban areas in the Wellington region. A proportion of the total trips over the survey period. This has increased slightly from 23% in 2007.
  • Higher proportions of trips are made by active modes in the Wellington region than in New Zealand overall.

Active travel

Definition and data details

Indicator Definition

Walking and cycling share of total trip legs (a surveying unit of non-stop travel by a single mode for a single purpose) by people aged 5 and over resident in a main urban area (population centres of 30,000 people or more).

Data Source

Ministry of Transport: TMIF TP005

Last updated Marc 2020

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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