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|Population (In Millions)||4.41|
|Human Development Index||5/169|
|Gross Domestic Product (In USD Billions - World Bank)||159.71|
|Global Peace Index||2/153|
|Happy Planet Index||103/143|
|Social Institutions and Gender Index||- /86|
|Environmental Performance Index||15/163|
|Child Mortality Rate||4.7|
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Progress Initiatives in New Zealand
Framework by the Treasury
In May 2011, the Treasury launched a paper, “Working Towards Higher Living Standards for New Zealanders” that provides a descriptive framework of the factors that are considered as essential to national well-being. To incorporate a broad range of material and non-material factors, distributional concerns, and dynamic considerations, the Treasury has used a 'capital stocks and flows' approach as the basis for its Framework. The Framework is intended to be used as a complementary input to the policy process, rather than an analytical, prioritisation or decision-making tool in its own right.
This site provides social indicators for New Zealand society. The indicators are used to measure social outcomes and monitor trends over time, and to make comparisons with other countries.
MARCO indicators (monitoring and reporting community outcomes) is a progress initiative in Waikato. The MARCO team compile indicators that measure the quality of, and any changes in, life for the people in Waikato. There are around 75 indicators grouped into 5 key topics. The results are available for the region, and where possible,for the city/district area. The indicators are updated annually and released in a data analysis report.
Waikato Regional Council is developing a set of indicators to measure and report how well the region's environment is looked after.The indicators are used to: report regularly on the state of the region’s environment, measure how well we are doing in achieving environmental goals, increase the awareness and understanding of environmental issues and prioritise environmental issues and improve decision-making.
Measuring Progress Using a Sustainable Development Approach
Measuring Progress Using a Sustainable Development Approach is an overarching approach which seeks to ensure that New Zealand’s environmental, economic, and social progress is consistent with sustainable development. Read more about Background Information (pdf) and Media Release (pdf).
Quality of Life '07 is a project developed in twelve of New Zealand's cities. It concerns the impact of urbanisation and the effects of this on the wellbeing of residents. Monitoring across cities enables participating councils to develop a consistent set of indicators, identify urban issues and trends, and provide a platform to develop comprehensive responses to these.
The Social Report: Indicators of Social Wellbeing in New Zealand, 2007 created by the Ministry of Social Development, New Zealand. The social report has four key aims: to provide and monitor over time measures of wellbeing and quality of life that complement existing economic and environmental indicators, to compare New Zealand with other countries on measures of wellbeing, to provide greater transparency in government and to contribute to better informed public debate, to help identify key issues and areas where we need to take action, which can in turn help with planning and decision making.
Video on the importance of Statistics
This video was made in celebration of World Statistics Day 2010
Progress Papers and Publications
- The Social Report 2010, Ministry of Social Development
- Quality of Life in New Zealand's Largest Cities: Resident`s Survey, 2005, The survey was created by the Ministry of Social Development, New Zealand. Ensuring quality of life among its residents is a critical part of all Councils' role. In response to growing pressures on urban communities, and concern about the impacts of urbanisation and the effects of this on the wellbeing of citizens, in 1999 a National Indicators project was initiated. The aim of this project was to measure the quality of life and change in social conditions in large urban areas in New Zealand through the development and use of a series of key indicators
- Monitoring Progress Towards a Sustainable New Zealand '04 A publication created by Statistics New Zealand. This new experimental publication "Monitoring Progress Towards a Sustainable New Zealand" provides a selection of information related to sustainable development in New Zealand. The report is a first attempt to bring the information together, and will be reviewed to see if it is meeting needs.
- Growth and Innovation Framework: Benchmark Indicators Report '03 A report created by the Ministry for Economic Development, New Zealand. The government is preparing a broad suite of indicators covering social, environmental, cultural and economic outcomes. These indicators aim to measure progress towards the government's wider goals and provide a view of New Zealanders' well-being. The growth and innovation indicators discussed in this report are part of this broader picture.
- Headline Indicators for Tracking Progress to Sustainability in New Zealand, 2002, Murray Patterson, Ministry of the Environment, New Zealand.
Happiness in New Zealand
This is an overview of findings on Happiness in New Zealand. The available findings are presented in the latest ‘Nation Report’ on New Zealand . This report is ordered by type of happiness questions and within these types by year. This ordering is to facilitate the assessment of progress, comparison over time being most fruitful using the same questions.
The report presents means and standard deviations, both on the original scale range and transformed to a common range 0-10. The means inform about the level of happiness in the country and the standard deviations about inequality of happiness.
Links provide more detail about the precise text of the question, the full distribution of responses and technical details of the survey. The report is continuously updated.