Key Highlights

The 2018 Quality of Life survey is a partnership between eight New Zealand councils and measures people's perceptions over several domains related to quality of life.

A random selection of residents from each council were invited to participate either online or via a hardcopy questionnaire. The survey was completed by 7,615 people aged 18 years and over between 10 April - 3 June 2018.

*Please note some of the numbers have been adjusted slightly since the initial release on 12 September 2018.

84 percent
84%

RATE THEIR OVERALL QUALITY OF LIFE POSITIVELY

84 percent
SAY THEIR QUALITY OF LIFE HAS INCREASED COMPARED TO 12 MONTHS AGO
TOP 3 REASONS FOR QUALITY OF LIFE:
POSITIVE
1
Poor financial situation
Financial situation
Health and wellbeing
2

3
NEGATIVE
1
Relationships
Poor health and wellbeing
Housing (e.g. quality, cost)
2

3
80 percent
79%

THINK THEIR CITY OR LOCAL AREA IS A GREAT PLACE TO LIVE

60%
ARE PROUD OF HOW THEIR CITY OR LOCAL AREA LOOKS AND FEELS
61%
PERCEPTION OF ISSUES IN THEIR CITY/LOCAL AREA:
% VIEW AS A PROBLEM IN LAST 12 MONTHS
issues viewed as a problem
PERCEPTIONS OF HOUSING:
% STRONGLY AGREE OR DISAGREE
TOP 3 REASONS HOME IS UNSUITABLE:
1
The home is too small
Home is too cold / damp
Home is in poor condition/needs maintenance
2

3
25%
USE PUBLIC TRANSPORT WEEKLY
(OR MORE OFTEN)

PERCEPTIONS OF PUBLIC TRANSPORT IN LOCAL AREA:
% STRONGLY AGREE OR DISAGREE
The 2018 Quality of Life survey is a partnership between eight New Zealand councils and measures people's perceptions over several domains related to quality of life.
A random selection of residents from each council area were invited to participate either online or via a hardcopy questionaire. The survey was completed by 7615 people aged 18 years and over between 10 April - 3 June 2018.
84 percent
94%

HAVE SOMEONE TO HELP IF THEY WERE FACED WITH A SERIOUS ILLNESS OR INJURY OR NEEDED EMOTIONAL SUPPORT
19%
ALWAYS/MOST OF THE TIME EXPERIENCE STRESS WTIH A NEGATIVE EFFECT
30%
HAVE A WHO 5 INDEX OF LESS THAN 13 INDICATING POOR WELLBEING
48%
FEEL SAFE IN THEIR CITY CENTRE AFTER DARK
PERCEPTIONS OF ISSUES IN THEIR CITY/LOCAL AREA:
% VIEW AS A PROBLEM IN LAST 12 MONTHS
BELIEVE A SENSE OF COMMUNITY IN THEIR NEIGHBOURHOOD IS IMPORTANT
FEEL A SENSE OF COMMUNITY IN THEIR NEIGHBOURHOOD
92%
HAD POSITIVE INTERACTIONS WITH NEIGHBOURS HAD POSITIVE INTERACTIONS WITH NEIGHBOURS
57%
NEVER OR RARELY FEEL ISOLATED HAD POSITIVE INTERACTIONS WITH NEIGHBOURS
65%
SAY CULTURAL DIVERSITY MAKES THEIR CITY A BETTER PLACE TO LIVE HAD POSITIVE INTERACTIONS WITH NEIGHBOURS
71%
EMPLOYED (FULL OR PART TIME)
60 percent
60%

SATISFIED WITH WORK/LIFE BALANCE
45%
additional 34% have just enoughHAVE MORE THAN ENOUGH OR ENOUGH INCOME TO COVER COSTS OF EVERYDAY NEEDS
32%

ARE CONFIDENT IN THEIR LOCAL COUNCIL'S DECISION-MAKING
34%

BELIEVE THE PUBLIC HAS AN INFLUENCE ON COUNCIL DECISION-MAKING