Social » Quality Lifestyle

Living in the Wellington region is enjoyable, and people feel safe. A variety of healthy and affordable lifestyles can be pursued. Our art, sport, recreation and entertainment scenes are enjoyed by all community members – and attract visitors.

What is Quality Lifestyle?

A peaceful, harmonious and secure society is a vital and profound social asset that directly benefits the economy and the quality of life of its citizens. Therefore, if people’s perceptions of their overall quality of life are high then this tends to relate positively to their personal well-being. Lack of affordable housing can result in parts of the population living in crowded and inadequate housing which can impact on health and other social outcomes.

Quality lifestyle is made up of 13 indicators that were selected to measure progress towards the quality lifestlye 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 quality lifestyle outcome (pictured below) shows the composite average of the individual indicators.

People on Mt Aston slopes

Quality lifestyle GPI, 2001-2018

What this means

The quality lifestyle GPI has fluctuated over time, and the 2018 result is just below the result in 2003. Shifts have been observed for some of the individual values within the indicators. Between 2001 and 2018 across the Wellington region, six indicators in the quality lifestyle index improved, six declined, and one remained fairly stable.

Did you know?

The GPI counts crime, pollution, greenhouse gas emissions, natural resource depletion and soil loss, as costs, not gains, to the economy.

13 Indicators are being used to track Quality Lifestyle in the Wellington region

Click on each indicator below to access further information

Download Territorial Authority data for these Indicators

Crime against people

Why is this indicator important?

Crimes against people have a negative effect on communities through the direct impact to victims and the indirect impact to the wider community due to the fear of crime. Studies show that the violent crime rate has a negative impact on the mental well-being of non-victims. The incidence of crime is both a cause and symptom of low quality of life, and is associated with poverty, unemployment, exclusion and the need for support services.

Recorded offences for crimes against the person per 10,000 people, 2001-2018



  • In 2018, recorded offences against the person in the Wellington region were 94 per 10,000 people, the lowest rate since 2001.
  • There was a rise in recorded offence rates in the Wellington region between 2004 and 2009, reaching 149 per 10,000, but the rate has been below this level since then.
  • There was a similar trend in national rates of recorded offences against the person, peaking at 147 in 2009, but generally falling since then to 133 in 2014, but higher than in 2001.
  • Recorded offences against the person have generally been slightly higher in the Wellington region than in New Zealand overall, but this trend was reversed between 2010-2018.

Crime against people

Definition and data details

Indicator Definition

The number of recorded crimes in the categories homicide and related; acts intended to cause injury; sexual assault and related; dangerous or negligent acts endangering persons; abduction, harassment and related against a person expressed as a rate per 10,000 people.

Data Source

Statistics New Zealand: Recorded offences

Last updated December 2019

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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