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We have clean water, fresh air and healthy soils. Well-functioning and diverse ecosystems make up an environment that can support our needs. Resources are used efficiently. There is minimal waste and pollution.
Good air, water and soil quality, and reducing waste are all essential to maintaining a healthy environment and ensuring the sustainability of resources. Water-based recreational activities are part of an outdoor-focused way of life and it is essential that the water is of a high quality. Protecting land through open space covenants also helps maintain ecosystem diversity, along with natural and cultural heritage. Primary land uses such as agriculture, dairying and cropping are key contributors to an economy but they can have a negative influence on the environment.
16 indicators are used to measure progress towards the healthy environment outcome (defined above). Data relating to each individual indicator (for the 2001 to 2018 period) is provided via the menu below. The healthy environment index (pictured below) shows the composite average of the individual indicators.
As there is only one community outcome under environmental well-being, the same index is applied to both the well-being aspect and the community outcome area.
Natural disasters (and the cost of cleaning up after them) actually create an increase in GDP, thus counting natural disasters as a benefit to our economy. From a GPI perspective, natural disasters would be a decline in our well-being
Click on each indicator below to access further information
Clean water for recreational purposes is fundamental to enjoyment of life and ensuring people are not exposed to significant health risks. Clean freshwater is also important for tourism as well as fishing activities.
The number of freshwater swimming spots with suitability for recreation grades of fair, good or very good expressed as a function of the total number of swimming spots sampled.
Greater Wellington Regional Council
Last updated April 2019
Data available only for 2006 to 2018.
Only selected sites around the region are monitored, and the number of sites monitored has changed over the study period. Measurements are only taken over the summer bathing months.
More information is available at www.gw.govt.nz/Annual-monitoring-reports/
Indicators are updated in May and November each year; for those indicators where new data or survey results have become available.
While care has been taken in processing, analysing and extracting information, we cannot guarantee that the information is free from error and we shall not be liable for any loss suffered through the use, directly or indirectly, of any information, product or service.