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

Housing waiting lists

Why is this indicator important?

Access to safe, affordable and quality housing is a fundamental determinant of well-being, central to health, stability, and social cohesion. High demand for, and insufficient supply of social housing can result in parts of the population living in inadequate or unaffordable housing conditions. This is likely to result in a range of negative consequences for those people, such as ill-health, financial stress, and a generally lower quality of life.

Number of households on Housing New Zealand waiting lists, 2001-2018


  • In 2018, there were 1150 applicants in the Wellington region on Housing New Zealand priority A and B waiting lists, compared with 427 in 2001. In the last five years the waiting list has increased by 173%.
  • The number of applicants on waiting lists has fluctuated over the study period.
  • There is a decreasing trend between 2001 and 2005, and a increasing trend between 2005 and 2012, followed by a generally decreasing trend to 2015 followed by a sharp rise in 2016 to 2018.

Housing waiting lists

Definition and data details

Indicator Definition

The average number of households per year on Housing New Zealand waiting lists

Data Source

Housing New Zealand Corporation

Last Updated April 2019

Data available to 2018 only. Priority A (at risk) and B (in serious housing need) included only.   2011 WR-GPI included A,B,C&D lists, as per Housing NZ policy at that time. 

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

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