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Quality of Life Survey

The 2016 Quality of Life Survey is a partnership between Auckland Council, Hamilton, Wellington, Porirua, Hutt, Christchurch and Dunedin City Councils and Waikato and Wellington Regional Councils.

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

The 2016 survey measures the perceptions of over 7,000 New Zealanders of whom nearly 6,000 were residents of the seven cities. The survey is a collaborative project across the participating councils.

Topics covered in the survey include:

  • Overal quality of life
  • Health and wellbeing
  • Crime and safety
  • Community, culture and social networks
  • Council decision-making processes
  • Environment (built and natural)
  • Public Transport
  • Economic wellbeing, and
  • Housing


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 the following nine council areas

The 2016 Quality of Life Survey was a collaboration between nine New Zealand councils - seven city councils and two regional councils. Between them these areas account for nearly two thirds (65%) of the total population of New Zealand.

In the past, up to 12 councils have participated in the survey. This number has changed over time for various reasons including the establishment of Auckland Council on 1 November 2010 following the amalgamation of eight local authorities in the wider Auckland region. Any references to 'the 12 cities' contained on this website or in any historical reports refer to those councils which previously participated in the wider Quality of Life Project.
Map of Survey Locations