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

Click on each indicator below to access further information

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Living in deprivation

Why is this indicator important?

Addressing disadvantage is a key sustainability challenge. Persons and households experiencing low incomes, low levels of education and under-employment are less likely than others to have access to affordable housing, or to have the ability to secure a good quality of life for themselves and their families, now and in the future.

Percentage of the population living in deprivation, 2001,2006,2013 & 2018



  • In 2018, 22.7% of the Wellington region population were living in deprivation (areas with deprivation ratings of 8, 9, or 10). This is the lowest proportion since 2001 (23.3%).
  • Throughout the period shown, the proportion of the New Zealand population living in deprivation was notably higher than that in the Wellington region. In 2018 the rate for New Zealand was 27%.
  • The proportion of the New Zealand population living in deprivation decreased significantly between 2001 and 2006, and fell slightly thereafter.

Living in deprivation

Definition and data details

Indicator Definition

The number of people living in areas rated deciles 8, 9 or 10 (most deprived) on the NZ Deprivation Index (a measure of relative socio-economic deprivation) expressed as a function of the resident population.

Data Source

University of Otago: Department of Public Health

Last updated September 2014

Data available only for 2001, 2006, 2013 and 2018.  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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