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According to survey results, perceived  levels of overall health for people living in the Waikato region declined over the period 2006 to 2018.

This indicator is people’s self-rated general health status in the Waikato region according to the Quality of Life Survey results.

Why is this indicator important?

Self-reported health status is a key measure of subjective wellbeing and has been found to be linked to actual health outcomes. Measuring people’s perceptions of their health provides us with useful information which can be included with other measures to help us to plan for current and future support systems and other resources in our region.

Perceived health

Bar chart of perceived health

Year Per cent with good, very good or excellent health
2006 90
2016 84
2018 79

What is this indicator telling us? 

  • Compared to 2006, Waikato regional survey respondents in 2018 were less likely to rate their overall health positively (79% in 2016 compared to 90% in 2006).
  • New Zealand Health Survey results also show a decline in phsycial activity levels in the Waikato DHB region between 2006/07 and 2014-17.
  • Within the Waikato region, Taupō district respondents were more likely to rate their health positively (96%). Across the Waikato region, respondents aged 25 to 49 were more likely to rate their health positively (87%) and respondents aged 65 plus were less likely to rate their health positively (78%). Also, respondents who identified with the Māori ethnic group were less likely to rate their overall health positively (73%). A breakdown of the 2018 survey results is forthcoming. 
  • According to Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) statistics, when asked ‘How is your health in general?’, 88% of people in New Zealand reported to be in good health, much higher than the OECD average of 69%.

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Indicator is the percentage of respondents who report their self-rated general health status to be good, very good or excellent. Data are from the Quality of Life Survey(external link).

Update details: Waikato regional results are available for 2006, 2016 and 2018.

Customised data request requirements: Quality of Life data.


Territorial Authority (TA) disaggregation: Yes

Other regions: Yes

New ZealandNo (but a seven cities average is available) 

Other countries/ Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD): secondary statistics from OECD Wellbeing Report: Health – Key findings(external link).

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