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?

Using GDP, smoking has traditionally been counted as a benefit to the economy. With a GPI, smoking is regarded as a cost

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

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Housing affordability

Why is this indicator important?

Affordable housing is important for people’s well-being. For lower-income households especially, high housing costs relative to income are often associated with severe financial difficulty, and can leave households with insufficient income to meet other basic needs such as food, clothing, transport, medical care and education. High outgoings-to-income ratios are not as critical for higher-income earners, as there is sufficient income left for their basic needs.

Percentage of households that spend more than 30% of their disposable income on housing, 2001-2018


  • In 2018, 26.5% of households in the Wellington region spent more than 30% of their disposable income on housing costs. This indicator has fluctuated since 2008. 
  • The percentage of households spending more than 30% of their disposable income on housing costs was consistently higher for New Zealand overall compared to households in the Wellington region tol 2018. In 2018, 30% of NZ households compared to 26.5% of Wellington households spend more than 30% of disposable income on housing.

Housing affordability

Definition and data details

Indicator Definition

The percentage of households that spend more than 30% of their disposable income on housing.

Data Source

Customised request to Statistics New Zealand using Household Economic Survey data

Last updated April 2020

Data available only for years shown.  Indicators are updated in April each year; for those indicators where new data or survey results have become available.

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