Economic » Prosperous Community

All members of our community prosper from a strong and growing economy. A thriving business sector attracts and retains a skilled and productive workforce.

What is Prosperous Community?

A prosperous community is one in which there is a job market in which employment is growing, unemployment is low, incomes are relatively high and evenly distributed and people are well-educated. Having a decent income is a crucial element contributing to quality of life because most basic needs such as food, water, shelter, health care and many forms of recreation have to be purchased. The valuable services resulting from unpaid household and community work also contribute directly to our well-being and prosperity.

The prosperous community outcome is made up of eight indicators that were selected to measure progress towards the outcome definition (shown above). Please see below for the data relating to each of the prosperous community indicators.

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Prosperous community GPI, 2001-2018

What this means

The prosperous community index of the WR-GPI rose steadily between 2003 and 2008. However, the economic impacts associated with the fall-out from the global financial crisis (GFC) created a sharp reversal of the positive trend at 2008, and the index was negatively affected for the following four years with signs of recovery evident in 2013. A net change for this index between 2001 and 2017 of 13%. 

Did you know?

A GPI is an attempt to measure whether a nation’s or a region's growth, increased production of goods, and expanding services have actually resulted in the improvement of the well-being of the people in the region.

8 Indicators are being used to track Prosperous Community in the Wellington region

Click on each indicator below to access further information

Download Territorial Authority data for these Indicators

Value of unpaid work

Why is this indicator important?

The valuable services resulting from unpaid household and community work contribute directly to our well-being and prosperity, but tend to be excluded in conventional economic statistics. As well as the economic value of these unpaid services, it has been argued that the work performed in households is more essential to basic survival and quality of life than much of the work done in the market place. Also a society’s commitment to community work is a measure of the strength of its social networks and social cohesion.

Value of household and community work, 2001-2013


  • The value of unpaid household and community work in the Wellington region was estimated to be $5.89 billion in 2013.
  • The value of unpaid household and community work in the Wellington region is estimated to have increased by 43.0% ($4.12 billion to $5.89 billion) between 2001 and 2013.

Value of unpaid work

Definition and data details

Indicator Definition

Calculated by multiplying hours spend on unpaid work (including household work, caregiving for household members, purchasing goods and services for own household, and unpaid work outside the home) by the national minimum wage and adjusting by CPI

Data Source

Statistics New Zealand: Time Use Survey

Last Updated September 2014

Indicators are updated in May and November each year; for those indicators where new data or survey results have become available.

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