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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

Click on each indicator below to access further information

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Public transport patronage

Why is this indicator important?

Public transport use is seen as a key sustainability indicator as it has wide-ranging benefits for the environment, employment options and access to services. It is generally a more energy-efficient means of transport than light passenger vehicles.

Public transport boardings per capita, 2001-2018



  • In 2018, there were 74.8 public transport boardings per capita in the Wellington region, which is an increase from 64 per capita since 2001. The peak year for public transport boardings in Wellington was 2006 where there were 75.1 boardings per capita. Boardings per capita has increased for the last four years, mainly due to steady increases in rail patronage.
  • Public transport boardings per capita across New Zealand have increased steadily over this time but national levels are still much lower than those observed in the Wellington region, which had more than double the national rate.

Public transport patronage

Definition and data details

Indicator Definition

The total number of public transport (bus, rail and ferry) boardings divided by the estimated resident population

Data Source

Ministry of Transport: TMIF TV020

Last updated April 2020

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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