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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?

A GPI is an attempt to measure whether a nation’s or a region's growth, increased production of goods, and expanding services have actually resulted in the improvement of the well-being of the people in the region.

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

Click on each indicator below to access further information

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Why is this indicator important?

Tobacco smoking is a well-recognised risk factor for many cancers and for respiratory and cardiovascular diseases. Smoking is a leading cause of preventable morbidity and mortality in New Zealand and is also linked to socio-economic disadvantage.

Prevalence of smoking, 2007 to 2018



  • In 2018, 11.8% of the population of the Wellington region were smokers, compared to 17.2% in 2007.
  • At a national level in 2018,13.2% of New Zealanders are smokers.


Definition and data details

Indicator definition

Current smoking as defined in the New Zealand Health Survey.

Data Source

Ministry of Health

Last updated April 2018

Data points available only for 2006/07 and 2011-18.  Indicators are updated in April and November each year; for those indicators where new data or survey results have become available.

Data relates to Regional Public Health (Public Health Unit - PHU) boundaries.

While care has been taken in processing, analysing and extracting information, we cannot guarantee that the information is free from error and we shall not be liable for any loss suffered through the use, directly or indirectly, of any information, product or service.