According to a survey released yesterday, people living in the greater Wellington region are happy with their lot, and have a high level of concern for their fellow citizens.
The biennial Quality of Life survey conducted by Nielsen, measured the perceptions of over 7,000 New Zealanders in Wellington, Auckland, Hamilton, Tauranga, Christchurch and Dunedin.
The survey has been conducted every two years since 2004, and is a partnership between Auckland Council, Hamilton, Wellington, Porirua, Hutt, Christchurch and Dunedin City Councils, and the Wellington Regional Council.
Around one in six Wellingtonians surveyed rated their quality of life as excellent – higher than the average of the other cities involved.
Overall, 89 per cent of Wellington residents felt their quality of life was excellent, very good or good, an increase from 87 per cent in the 2016 survey.
Ninety-four per cent agreed or strongly agreed that Wellington was a great place to live, and 89 per cent agreed or strongly agreed that they felt a sense of pride in their area.
The survey was conducted from 10 April to 3 June 2018, which may explain the high scores on questions about public transport.
The 2420 people surveyed in the Wellington region rated their public transport services higher than anywhere else in the country for affordability, safety, reliability and frequency.
Of all centres surveyed, Wellington had the highest proportion of responses citing people sleeping in cars or on the street as a big problem, and begging in the street as a bit of a problem.
Wellington was also the city with the most positive views on diversity, with 77 per cent saying a diverse population makes Wellington a better place to live
The capital’s residents also topped the list for thinking there was a rich and diverse arts scene, had the best numbers for fulltime and part-time employment, and 59 per cent of respondents said they had enough money for their needs.
Wellington is also seen as a safe region, with 81 per cent of respondents feeling very safe in the city during the day, 85 per cent saying they felt very safe or fairly safe walking alone in their neighbourhood after dark, and just 2 per cent feeling unsafe in their own homes after dark.
Wellingtonians like where their houses are located and can afford to heat them, however, there were concerns about the size and quality of houses, and dampness from those who wanted better accommodation.
The Wellington City Council can probably take heart from that fact that its citizens were top of the list for supporting Council decisions: 45 per cent agreed or strongly agreed they were confident in the Council’s decision making.