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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 our health-care costs created by smoking, not exercising, eating poorly and becoming obese, as costs, not gains, to the economy.

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

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Why is this indicator important?

Congestion increases travel time, stress, air pollution and fuel consumption, and impacts people’s quality of life. Ease of movement along Wellington’s strategic road network is central to the efficient transportation of people and goods and to generating economic activity. The average amount of time taken to travel around the region is an indicator of the efficiency of using the road network.

Peak AM/PM average travel times on strategic routes in the region, 2014-18


In 2018, the peak AM average travel speed over selected Wellington region roads was 38 km/hr. Peak times are 7-9am and 4-6pm.




Definition and data details

Indicator Definition

The average travel speed on a sample of Wellington’s strategic road networks (Waikanae to Wellington airport; Upper Hutt to Wellington Railway Station; Porirua to Seaview (via SH58); Karori to Island Bay) at peak times of day during the working week.

Data Source

BECA, using GPS data on commercial vehicles on weekdays during March.

Last updated April 2019

Data points available only from 2014 as the methodology for collecting and analysing congestion has changed.  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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