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The Wellington Region Genuine Progress Index (GPI) is a new approach to measuring progress in the Wellington region. It is a monitoring framework for assessing progress towards the well-being goals of the Wellington Regional Strategy (WRS). It enables us to put measures around the quality of life and well-being of residents in the region, as well as the condition of the environment and the economy.
The Wellington Region GPI will be updated in October 2014 (see the publications page for the 2011 GPI).
Full-Cost Account Report Released: A report on "The Costs of Physical Inactivity - Toward a regional full-cost accounting perspective" (PDF, 2.3MB) was released on 13 February 2013. The new joint local government study, commissioned by Auckland Council, Waikato Regional Council and the Wellington Regional Strategy Committee (which represents all the councils in the Wellington region) examines the full costs of physical inactivity in their regions.
The GPI is a holistic measurement tool that governments and communities can use to measure whether a country or region's growth, increased production of goods, and expanding services have actually resulted in the improvement of the welfare (or well-being) of the people in the region or country.
It counts beneficial activities as positive, harmful activities as negative, and provides a systematic way to integrate economic issues with environmental, social and cultural concerns.
Click on each of the four main boxes above for information on the well-being areas of the GPI.
Click on the circles above for information on each of the community outcome areas and on the individual indicators.
Because we are always striving to do better, we compare each year's progress against the best year so far.
This graph shows the overall GPI trend for the Wellington region by combining the trends for the four well-being areas.
This shows that the regional GPI has improved by 5% since 2001.
The GPI will be updated in September 2014.
Using GDP, smoking has traditionally been counted as a benefit to the economy. With a GPI, smoking is regarded as a cost