Wellington Region Genuine Progress Index (WR-GPI)

Active Project? Yes
Year Project Began: 2001
Year of Last Input:
Last Updated: Nov 29 2023
Project Location:
Wellington, New Zealand
State / Province:
New Zealand
Lead Organization:
Type of Organization:
Nonprofit - State Regional

Geographic Scope


Issue Areas

Arts and Culture, Civic Engagement, Climate Change, Economy, Employment, Environment, Equity, Governance, Happiness, Health & Wellbeing, Housing, Infrastructure, Land Use, Public Safety, Recreation, Social, Transportation


GPI, Genuine Progress Index


Under the Wellington Regional Strategy (WRS), sustainable economic growth is not about growth for growth’s sake. It is about a level of growth that enables the region to enjoy a sound economic base as well as a high quality of life for its citizens. The Genuine Progress Index (GPI) is a tool which integrates economic data with environmental, cultural and social data to monitor the well-being of the Wellington region. It will enable the WRS and partners to analyse the opportunities and gaps in the region.

The Wellington region GPI (WR-GPI) is a monitoring framework for assessing progress towards the well-being goals of the WRS. The monitoring framework currently includes 86 indicators of wellbeing which span four aspects of well-being – economic, environmental, social and cultural. This Wellington region GPI report tracks the current condition (for the 2010 year) and trends (2001-2010) in 83 of the indicators of well-being included in the monitoring framework (information for three indicators is currently not available), providing a snapshot of the Wellington region’s overall state of well-being. It also provides Wellington residents with a high level profile of the region’s
well-being and how it is tracking over time from 2001 to 2010.

During consultation on the development of the WRS, the public said that prosperity in the Wellington region meant more than monetary wealth. The public expressed how it was about quality of life for all members of our society and that economic growth should not be sought at the expense of the community or the environment. The WRS Forum agreed that a GPI would be used to measure quality of life that comes from sustainable economic growth.

The WRS Office took responsibility for the development of the GPI with support of all the other councils in the region as well as representatives from NZTA, Wellington Employers Chamber of Commerce, Capital and Coast District Health Board and Grow Wellington.

Has Perfomance Measures?

Economic Prosperous Community Entrepreneurial & Innovative Environmental Healthy Environment Social Healthy Community Connected Community Sense of Place Quality Lifestyle Regional Foundations Cultural Strong & Toleran

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Indicator Domains

Economic - Environmental - Social - Cultural

Reporting Format

Online Reporting, Other

Other Partners

City County, College/University Public Health Dept.

Project Contact:

- Educational Organization

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