Quality of life survey 2018. Auckland report

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Local boards:
Albert-Eden, Aotea/Great Barrier, Devonport-Takapuna, Franklin, Henderson-Massey, Hibiscus and Bays, Howick, Kaipātiki, Māngere-Ōtāhuhu, Manurewa, Maungakiekie-Tāmaki, Ōrākei , Ōtara-Papatoetoe, Papakura, Puketāpapa , Rodney, The Southern Initiative, Upper Harbour, Waiheke, Waitākere Ranges, Waitematā, Whau

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. ...

Auckland Council technical report TR2018/023

This report outlines the results for Auckland to all questions asked in the 2018 Quality of Life survey. Results are presented in tabular format with short accompanying text describing the overall result for Auckland total. Results to each question are also shown by age group, ethnic group and length of time respondents had lived in Auckland.

Local board area results

The results for Auckland are sampled and weighted to be representative by age within gender, ethnicity and local board.

For the Auckland total, the results for each local board area are post-weighted to their respective proportion of the Auckland population to ensure results are representative. For example, Hibiscus and Bays’ sample of n=247 is 9% of the total sample size. However as their population (aged 18 and over) is 6% of the Auckland population, their responses have been weighted so they represent 6% of the total Auckland result.

See also

Quality of life survey 2018. Auckland report. Key highlights 

Quality of life survey 2018. Technical report

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 the each dashboard presents results for selected questions. 


Last updated: 2019-03-05