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People's physical and mental health is protected. Living and working environments are safe, and everyone has access to health care. Every opportunity is taken to recognise and encourage good health.

What is Healthy Community?

Good health is vital to well-being. Without good health, people are less able to enjoy their lives to the extent they might desire, their options may be limited and their general levels of quality of life and happiness may be reduced. Without good health and the ability to access healthcare, people are less able to actively participate in and contribute to the economic, social and cultural life of the region.

Healthy community is made up of 11 indicators that were selected to measure progress towards the healthy outcome definition (defined 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 healthy community index (pictured below) shows the composite average of the individual indicators.

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Healthy community, 2001-2018

What this means

Despite declining during the first eight years of the time series, the level the healthy community index reached in 2018, this is an increase of 4.6% compared to the 2001 result.

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.

11 Indicators are being used to track Healthy Community in the Wellington region

Click on each indicator below to access further information

Download Territorial Authority data for these Indicators

Road injuries

Why is this indicator important?

The number of deaths and injuries on our roads is a direct reflection of road safety and security. This includes driver behaviour as well as road maintenance and design. Motor vehicle crashes are a major cause of premature death, especially among younger age groups. Death, injury and disability resulting from motor vehicle crashes inflict pain and suffering on individuals, families and communities, and can also result in significant financial hardship.  Major motor vehicle crashes also impact on other road users, emergency service providers, health workers and others.

Number of reported road injuries per 100,000 population, 2001-2018


  • A total of 1252 people were killed or injured on the Wellington region roads in 2018; a rate of 240 per 100,000 people compared to a rate of 304 per 100,000 for New Zealand.
  • The number of reported road injuries in the Wellington region between 2001 and 2018 peaked in 2008, and has since declined to 2015 then increased in the last 3 years.
  • The number of reported road injuries per 100,000 people in New Zealand has consistently been higher than in the Wellington region, but a similar trend over the 2001 to 2018 period was observed.

Road injuries

Definition and data details

Indicator Definition

The number of reported road injuries expressed as a rate per 100,000 people.

Data Source

Data accessed through NZTAs Crash Analysis System

Last updated April 2019

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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