Social » Regional Foundations

High quality and secure infrastructure and services meet everyday needs. These are developed and maintained to support the sustainable growth of the region, now and in the future.

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.

Reikorangi water plant

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?

The GPI counts our health-care costs created by smoking, not exercising, eating poorly and becoming obese, as costs, not gains, to the economy.

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

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Sustainable water use

Why is this indicator important?

Fresh water is a finite resource, so competing demands for water use must be balanced with maintaining the resource. This indicator is a proxy measure of sustainable water use.

Water allocation compared to total water resource, 2006-2010



  • In 2010, the water stress ratio (water allocation compared to total water resource) was 0.0649, an increase from 0.0568 in 2006.
  • The increase is due to an increase in water allocation over this time. Despite the increase, water stress in the region remains low (ratio is less than 0.2).


Sustainable water use

Definition and data details

Indicator Definition

The ratio between water allocation and total water resource in the region.

Data Source

Ministry for the Environment

Last updated 26 July 2012

Data points available only for 2006 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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