Social » Connected Community

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

Click on each indicator below to access further information

Download Territorial Authority data for these Indicators

Home internet access

Why is this indicator important?

Access to communication via the internet enables social contact with friends and family in the absence of frequent face-to-face contact. The internet is also becoming an increasingly important means of accessing a wide range of information and services, including government services. People who are unable to access information technologies, or who lack the skills to use them, may risk being excluded from some social, educational, cultural and economic opportunities. This may adversely affect educational outcomes, employment prospects and other aspects of well-being.

Percentage of households with access to the internet, 2001-2018



  • In 2018, 88.8% of households in the Wellington region had access to the internet, a large increase from 44.2% in 2001.
  • The percentage of households with access to the internet has also increased for New Zealand overall over this time from 37.4% in 2001 to 72.8% in 2013 and 86% in 2018.
  • The percentage of households with access to the internet is higher in the Wellington region than for New Zealand overall.

Home internet access

Definition and data details

Indicator Definition

The number of households with access to the internet expressed as a function of the total number of households

Data Source

Statistics New Zealand: Census

Last updated September 2020

Data points available only for 2001, 2006, 2013 & 2018.  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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