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Perceived overall quality of life has decreased in the Waikato region over the past decade.

This indicator is self-reported overall life satisfaction for people living in the Waikato region, drawn from the Quality of Life Survey.

Why is this indicator important?

People's satisfaction with their overall quality of life provides a self-assessed measure of wellbeing. How people feel about their life is a fundamental measure for the health of our communities. This measure also relates to self-reported happiness and general wellbeing. We can use this information to help us make decisions aimed at increasing positive levels of wellbeing and life satisfaction for people living in this region and beyond.

Life satisfaction

Bar chart of life satisfaction as a percentage

Note: Survey question changed from a 5-point scale to a 7-point scale in 2018. Subsequently measured as percent good, very good or extremely good.

Year Good or extremely good
2006 90
2016 84
2018 87

What is this indicator telling us? 

  • Compared to 2006, Waikato regional survey respondents in 2016 and 2018 were less likely to rate their overall quality of life positively (84% in 2016 and 87% in 2018 compared to 90% in 2006).
  • Within the Waikato region in 2016, Hauraki district respondents were less likely to rate their overall quality of life positively (71%). Across the Waikato region, respondents who identified with the Māori ethnic group were less likely to rate their overall quality of life positively (76%). A breakdown of the 2018 survey results is forthcoming. 
  • In general, New Zealanders are more satisfied with their lives than the OECD average. When asked to rate their general satisfaction with life on a scale from 0 to 10, New Zealanders gave it a 9.1 grade, much higher than the OECD average of 6.5.

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This indicator is the percentage of people who rate their overall quality of life as good or extremely good (2006 and 2016 survey), or good, very good or extremely good (2028 onwards). Data are from the Quality of Life Survey(external link).

Update details: Waikato regional results are available for 2006, 2016 and 2028.

Customised data request requirements: Quality of Life data.


Territorial Authority (TA) disaggregation: Yes

Other regions: Yes

New Zealand: No (but a seven cities average is available)

Other countries/Organisations for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD): OECD Wellbeing Report: Life satisfaction – Key findings(external link)

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