2018 Overall Report

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

Quality of Life Survey

The 2018 Quality of Life Survey is a partnership between Auckland Council, Hamilton, Wellington, Porirua, Hutt, Christchurch and Dunedin City Councils and Wellington Regional Councils.

The survey was first conducted in 2003, repeated in 2004, and has been undertaken every two years since.

The 2018 survey measures the perceptions of over 7,000 New Zealanders.

Topics covered in the survey include:

  • Overall quality of life
  • Built and natural environment
  • Housing
  • Transport
  • Health and wellbeing
  • Crime and safety
  • Community, culture and social networks
  • Economic wellbeing
  • Council processes


Information obtained from the survey will be used to help inform local government policy.  The information will be particularly useful for councils undertaking monitoring of progress towards strategic social, cultural and economic goals.

The Survey includes eight council areas

The 2018 survey includes the eight council areas as shown on this map, which together account for nearly two thirds (62%) of the New Zealand’s total population.

Map of Survey Locations