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?

Natural disasters (and the cost of cleaning up after them) actually create an increase in GDP, thus counting natural disasters as a benefit to our economy. From a GPI perspective, natural disasters would be a decline in our well-being

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

Click on each indicator below to access further information

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Job satisfaction

Why is this indicator important?

Studies have shown that job satisfaction is an important factor influencing the health of workers. Work dissatisfaction may cause people to suffer from depression or stress, negatively affecting their well-being, and likely impacting the quality of life of those around them. Job dissatisfaction has also been linked to higher rates of absenteeism and lower levels of productivity and engagement.

Percentage of respondents in the Wellington region feeling satisfied or very satisfied with their jobs, 2008-2018



  • In 2018, 75.8% of employed Wellington region respondents were satisfied or very satisfied with their jobs, a decrease of 10.7% from the percentage of satisfied or very satisfied respondents in 2016.
  • Respondents from New Zealand as a whole had very similar job satisfaction throughout the period to those in Wellington.

Job satisfaction

Definition and data details

Indicator Definition

The percentage of respondents in the Wellington region feeling satisfied or very satisfied with their jobs

Data Source

Statistics NZ General Social Survey

Last updated March 2018

Data points available only from 2008. 

Due to data continuity issues, this indicator differs from that used in the 2011 Wellington Region Genuine Progress Index (WR-GPI). The 2011 WR-GPI used Quality of Life survey data that measured employed residents satisfaction with their work-life balance (2008 and 2016). 

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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