The 2016 Quality of Life survey measures the perceptions of over 7000 residents in seven cities (Auckland, Hamilton, Wellington, Hutt City, Porirua, Christchurch and Dunedin) and two regions of New Zealand (Waikato and Greater Wellington).
It asks about a range of topics including perceptions of safety, sense of community and the sense of pride they have in their local area.
This year, 81 per cent of respondents in the seven cities rated their quality of life positively; with just over a quarter (27 per cent) feeling that it had increased compared to 12 months earlier and 58 per cent responding that it had stayed the same.
However, the survey also showed that some residents are struggling to make ends meet with 19 per cent of respondents saying they didn’t have enough money to meet their daily needs (such as accommodation, food, clothing and other necessities). Aside from those struggling, 40 per cent of respondents felt they had enough while 35 per cent had ‘just enough’.
There has been a significant increase since 2014 in the proportion surveyed who felt a sense of pride in the look and feel of their local area. In 2016, 62 per cent agreed citing the provision of a good lifestyle (52 per cent), plenty of parks, open spaces or gardens (57 per cent), a beautiful natural environment (55 per cent), cleanliness (45 per cent) and a sense of community (40 per cent) as reasons for this.
Some of the other top level findings were:
A full set of these topline results and more information on the 2016 Quality of Life survey is available online at www.qualityoflifeproject.govt.nz.
The Quality of Life survey is carried out every two years in partnership with several councils throughout New Zealand.
The 2016 Quality of Life Survey is a partnership between Auckland, Hamilton, Wellington, Porirua, Hutt, Christchurch and Dunedin City Councils and Waikato and Wellington Regional Councils.
The survey was conducted by independent research company Colmar Brunton, and was jointly funded by the participating councils. The information obtained from the survey will be used to help inform local government policy.
Topics covered include:
The survey was conducted between March and June 2016 and involved respondents answering the questions online or in hard copy.
A report outlining topline results for the nine council areas has been released and is available on the Quality of Life project website www.qualityoflifeproject.govt.nz.