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.

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.

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

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Perception of road network reliability

Why is this indicator important?

Perceptions of the reliability of various forms of transport and the supporting infrastructure that enable movement around the region have a strong impact on people’s travel choices and behaviours. Where the road network is perceived as unreliable, travellers are likely to start their trips earlier than they would if travel times were less variable and unpredictable. Many businesses also rely on the safety and efficiency of the regional road network, and perceptions of the reliability of the network have implications for decisions influencing the regional economy. 

Percentage of residents rating the road network as reliable, 2003-2019



  • In 2019, 35% of Wellington region respondents thought that the road network was reliable, down from 60% reported in 2003.
  • The respondents who rated the road network as most reliable were in 2008 when the percieved reliability reached 65%.

Perception of road network reliability

Definition and data details

Indicator Definition

The percentage of respondents in the Wellington region that rated the road network as reliable.

Data Source

Greater Wellington Regional Council Transport Perceptions Survey

Last updated March 2020

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

The Transport Perceptions survey changed to an online questionnaire for collection purposes in 2015, previous to this both telephone interviews and an online questionnaire were used to gather information.

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