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 our health-care costs created by smoking, not exercising, eating poorly and becoming obese, 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

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Overall life satisfaction

Why is this indicator important?

Overall life satisfaction is measured through individuals’ self-reports of feeling satisfied or very satisfied with life in general. Self-rated overall life satisfaction measures the gap between a person’s hopes and expectations and their present experience.

Overall life satisfaction 2014-2018


  • In 2018, 82.1% of Wellington region respondents felt satisfied or very satisfied with their life as a whole. This was down slightly from 83.3% in 2014.
  • In 2018, 82.8% of respondents in New Zealand overall reported that they were satisfied or very satisfied with their life as a whole. This was below the rating in 2014, and similar to the result for the Wellington region.

Overall life satisfaction

Definition and data details

Indicator Definition

Percentage of people who are satisfied with their overall life satisfaction

Data Source

Statistics NZ General Social Survey

Last updated March 2020

New data series began from 2014.  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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