Quality of life survey 2018. Topline report

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The 2018 Quality of Life survey is a collaborative local government research project. The primary objective of the survey is to measure residents’ perceptions across a range of measures that impact on New Zealanders’ quality of life. The Quality of Life survey was originally established in response to growing pressures on urban communities, concern about the impacts of urbanisation and the effect of this on the wellbeing of residents. The results from the survey are used by participating councils to help inform their policy and planning responses to population growth and change.

The survey measures residents’ perceptions across several domains, including:

  • Overall quality of life
  • Environment (built and natural)
  • Housing
  • Public transport
  • Health and wellbeing
  • Crime and safety
  • Community, culture and social networks
  • Economic wellbeing, and
  • Council decision-making processes.

Council involvement

The Quality of Life survey was first conducted in 2003, repeated in 2004, and has been undertaken every two years since. The number of participating councils has varied each time. A total of nine councils participated in the 2018 Quality of Life survey project, as follows:

  • Auckland Council
  • Hamilton City Council
  • Tauranga City Council
  • Hutt City Council
  • Porirua City Council
  • Wellington City Council
  • Christchurch City Council
  • Dunedin City Council
  • Greater Wellington Regional Council.

It should be noted that one of the councils listed above is a regional council. The Greater Wellington region includes the areas covered by Hutt City, Porirua City and Wellington City Councils. The regional council area also includes smaller towns as well as rural and semi-rural areas.

Throughout this report, the results for all nine council areas are reported on separately, and in addition to this, the aggregated results for the eight non-regional councils are provided (referred to throughout as the ‘eight city total’). In light of the original reason for establishing the Quality of Life survey (discussed above), the focus of the text in this report is on the eight cities, as these are substantially urban areas.

Results for the Greater Wellington region include results for Hutt City, Porirua City and Wellington City areas, along with a booster sample from the remaining Territorial Authority areas in the region. ...

See also

Quality of life survey 2018. Auckland report 

Quality of life survey 2018. Auckland report. Key highlights 

Quality of life survey 2018. Technical report



Quality of Life Dashboard 1: Eight cities comparison 

Quality of Life Dashboard 2: Auckland age-group comparison 

Note that each dashboard presents results for selected questions. 

Last updated: 2019-03-05