Quality of life survey 2018. Technical 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

This report outlines the technical details of the Quality of Life Survey 2018, including the methodology, sampling, weighting and data analysis.

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.

The target population was New Zealanders aged 18 years and over, living within the areas governed by the participating councils.

It should be noted that there is an overlap between the boundaries of the Greater Wellington Regional Council area and Hutt City Council, Porirua City Council and Wellington City Council areas. The Greater Wellington Regional Council area also includes smaller towns as well as rural and semi-rural areas such as Kapiti Coast District, Upper Hutt City and the Wairarapa.

The results for 2018 are provided in the Quality of Life Survey 2018 Topline Report. Throughout that report, the result for all nine council areas are reported on separately, and in addition, the aggregated result for the eight city councils are provided (referred to throughout as the ‘8-city total’). In light of the original reason for establishing the Quality of Life survey (discussed above), the focus of the text in that report is on the eight cities, as these are substantially urban areas. ...

See also

Quality of life survey 2018. Auckland report 

Quality of life survey 2018. Auckland report. Key highlights 

Quality of life survey 2018. Topline 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