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?

A GPI is an attempt to measure whether a nation’s or a region's growth, increased production of goods, and expanding services have actually resulted in the improvement of the well-being of the people in the region.

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

Feeling of safety walking alone

Why is this indicator important?

If people feel unsafe in their local area they may be less likely to talk to their neighbours, trust others living in the area, use public transport, use public amenities and generally participate in their community. Aspects of the built environment, such as the way neighbourhoods are designed and maintained can impact residents’ perceptions of safety, as can crime rates, and levels of community cohesion and trust. Assessing how safe people feel walking alone in their neighbourhood is considered a useful way to gauge how safe people consider their local area. 

The average percentage of respondents who feel safe or very safe walking alone after dark 2008-2018


In 2018, 63.5% of Wellington region respondents felt safe when walking in their local neighbourhood after dark. This is an increase from the percentage recorded in 2016 (61.3%), but below the levels recorded in 2012.

The percentage of respondents from the New Zealand population surveyed who reported feeling safe when walking in their local neighbourhood after dark has changed very little since 2012, in 2018 this is 60%. 

Feeling of safety walking alone

Definition and data details

Indicator Definition

The average percentage of respondents in the Wellington region that feel safe or very safe walking alone after dark

Data Source

Statistics NZ General Social Survey

Last updated March 2020

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 respondent’s sense of safety (2008 and 2010). 

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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