Social » Regional Foundations

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What is Regional Foundations?

There are some services which are foundations of modern society, and their availability and reliability is critical to the whole community. Many of these services have a major impact on health outcomes, quality of life, the ability of the region to effectively serve an increasing population and the economic viability of the region.

Regional foundations is made up of 5 indicators that were selected to measure progress towards the regional foundations community outcome definition (shown above). Data relating to each individual indicator (for the 2001 to 2016 period) is provided via the menu below. The index that measures change in the regional foundations outcome (pictured below) shows the composite average of the individual indicators.

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Regional foundations, 2001-2018

What this means

The regional foundations index fell by 18.7% between 2001 and 2018 , the lowest point was in 2015, at 76%. The indicator measuring water stress (water allocation compared to total water resource) trended negatively, as did perceptions of public transport reliability and perceptions of road network reliability in the region. These falls effectively drove down the regional foundations GPI; the gain in the remaining indicator was relatively small. There was a small gain in people’s satisfaction with council services.

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4 Indicators are being used to track Regional Foundations in the Wellington region

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Perception of council services

Why is this indicator important?

Councils provide a range of functions and services fundamental to the quality and continuity of many people’s daily life. In the absence of high quality council services, members of the community may become isolated and be affected by a number of health and environmental issues.

Percentage of residents indicating that they are satisfied or very satisfied with the quality of council services in their area, 2016.



  • In 2016, 53% of Wellington region respondents were satisfied or very satisfied with the quality of council services in their area.

Perception of council services

Definition and data details

Indicator Definition

The percentage of respondents that were either satisfied or very satisfied about the quality of council services in their area.

Data Source

Statistics New Zealand General Social Survey 

Last updated September 2014

Data points available only for 2008, 2010 and 2012.  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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