Quality of Life Project

This page describes the New Zealand Quality of Life Project, Porirua's participation, the results of the 2016 Quality of Life survey and previous survey results.

Background to the Quality of Life Project

The 2016 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
  • Health and wellbeing
  • Crime and safety
  • Community, culture and social networks
  • Council decision-making processes
  • Environment (built and natural)
  • Transport
  • Economic wellbeing; and
  • Housing. 

See the topline summary of results for Porirua for 2016 below or visit the Qualty of Life Project website for full survey reports (links below).

Latest Survey (2016)

Fieldwork for the 2016 Quality of Life Survey was carried out from 14 March to 22 June 2016. 535 people in Porirua completed the survey either online or on paper.  The margin of error is +/- 4.2% at the 95% confidence interval.  This means we can be 95% sure that the true value lies within this range.

The survey is carried out every two years.  Porirua has been involved since 2004.  Results from earlier surveys are included in the topline summary to enable trends to be observed.  The following nine councils participated in the 2016 survey:

  • Auckland Council
  • Hamilton City Council
  • Waikato Regional Council
  • Wellington City Council
  • Hutt City Council
  • Porirua City Council
  • Greater Wellington Regional Council
  • Christchurch City Council
  • Dunedin City Council

Quality of Life Report

Discontinued in 2014, the national Quality of Life Report was prepared every 5 years, following the Census. It was a detailed assessment of life in the cities using data from the Census (Statistics NZ), Quality of Life Surveys, and many other large datasets. The report provided information on people, knowledge and skills, health, safety, housing, social connectedness, civil and political rights, economic standard of living, economic development, the natural environment, and the built environment. Reports were published in 2001, 2003, 2007, 2010 and 2012.

Links to reports and more information