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Quality of Life Survey

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

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

The 2014 survey measures the perceptions of over 5,000 residents living in six of the country's urban areas, from Auckland to Dunedin. The survey is a collaborative project across the participating councils.

Topics covered in the survey include:

  • Quality of Life
  • Health and Well-being
  • Crime and safety
  • Community, Culture and Social Networks
  • Council Processes
  • Built Environment
  • Transport
  • Economic Wellbeing


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 six council areas

The 2014 Quality of Life Survey was a collaboration between six New Zealand councils. Between them these areas account for just over half (53%) of the total population of New Zealand.

In the past, up to 12 councils have participated in the survey. This number has reduced over time with the withdrawal of Tauranga and Hamilton City Councils between 2010 and 2012 and 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.
Auckland Auckland
Pop 1,415,550
Wellington Wellington
Pop 190,959
Hutt Hutt
Pop 98,238
Porirua Porirua
Pop 51,717
Christchurch Christchurch
Pop 341,469
Dunedin Dunedin
Pop 120,249