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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Participation in social activities

Why is this indicator important?

This indicator is a measure of participation in the wider community. Participation builds social cohesion and connectedness, thereby reducing isolation.

Percentage of residents indicating that they belong to two or more social networks or groups, 2016-2018



  • In 2018, 87% of Wellington region respondents indicated that they belonged to two or more social networks or groups. Up from 81% in 2016.
  • The methodology for this indicator was changed in 2016.

Participation in social activities

Definition and data details

Indicator Definition

The percentage of respondents in the Wellington region that indicated that they participate in to two or more of the following networks/groups: a sports club, a church or spiritual group, a hobby or interest group, a community or voluntary group, a network of people from work or school, gym/walking group, age specific group, or ethnic/cultural group.

Data Source

Quality of life survey

Last updated March 2019

Data points available only from 2008.  Indicators are updated in May and November each year; for those indicators where new data or survey results have become available.

Networks/groups include: a sports club, a church or spiritual group, a hobby or interest group, a community or voluntary group, a network of people from work or school, gym/walking group, age specific group or ethnic/cultural group.

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