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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.

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

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Why is this indicator important?

Stress is both an outcome of other health determinants and a key influence on mental and physical health in its own right. Research has identified several biological mechanisms by which stress has an impact on health, including several chronic illnesses. Good mental health is fundamental to the well-being of individuals, their families and the population as a whole.

Respondents regularly experiencing stress 2008 - 2018


  • In 2018, 17% of Wellington region respondents indicated that they had regularly experienced stress in the last 12 months; this has increased from 13% in 2008.
  • The percentage of Wellington region respondents regularly experiencing stress was lower than the respondents from the NZ cities surveyed in 2008 to 2018.




Definition and data details

Indicator Definition

The percentage of respondents in the Wellington region that experienced stress always or most of the time in the past 12 months.

Data Source

Quality of life survey

Last updated April 2019

Data for Wellington region available only from 2008-2016, and NZ cities surveyed only for 2012, 2014, 2016, 18 (Auckland, Christchurch, Dunedin, Wellington, Porirua and Hutt).  

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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