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?

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.

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 property

Why is this indicator important?

Crime and fear of crime has a corrosive effect on individuals and communities in terms of personal security, the enjoyment of an area for recreation, community trust and cohesion, and general amenity. Crimes against property, such as burglary, vehicle offences and other theft offences, have been shown to cause considerable mental distress for residents, including depression and anxiety. 

Recorded offences for crimes against property per 10,000 people, 2001-2014



  • In 2014, recorded offences against property in the Wellington region were at their second to lowest point since 2001, falling to 471 per 10,000 people. This compares to a peak over this period in 2003 of 666 per 10,000 people.
  • There has also been a falling trend in recorded offences against property in New Zealand overall, falling to 472 per 10,000 people in 2014, also the lowest rate since 2001. In general, recorded offences against property have been higher for New Zealand as a whole than for the Wellington region.

Crime against property

Definition and data details

Indicator Definition

The number of recorded crimes in the categories unlawful entry with intent/burglary, break and enter; theft and related; property damage expressed as a rate per 10,000 people.

Data Source

Statistics New Zealand: Recorded offences

Last updated March 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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