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19/07/2019 12:00 p.m.
Friday 19 July, 2019
The Ashburton District has a good economic outlook thanks to a strong rural sector, but now a new reports also shows our wellbeing is in a positive space too.
The Infometrics Regional Wellbeing report has found that the Ashburton District has better wellbeing outcomes than the national average in three areas: housing, health and civic engagement and governance.
The Ashburton District also scores highly for safety, social connections, and income and consumption.
The other outcomes included in the report (nine in total) are environment, knowledge and skills, and jobs and earnings.
Both housing and civic engagement and governance had the greatest difference between the district and the national average.
The report showed there are less crowded houses, more afforable rent and a greater rate of home ownership in the Ashburton District than the national average.
On the civic engagement front, just under 42 per cent of Kiwi's participate in local elections, while there is a 53.4 per cent voter turnout in the Ashburton District. There is also greater turnout for general elections in the district than the national average (82 per cent and 79 per cent, respectively).
Civic engagement and governance wellbeing highlights people's interactions with local decision making and public institutions. The report outlines that better wellbeing in this domain is displayed through higher activity by locals, indicating greater participation in civic processes and making choices that will affect their lives and the lives of those around them.
Housing wellbeing highlights people’s ability to access and use suitable shelter, along with the extended benefits of satisfactory living conditions, including privacy, safety, personal space, and space for a family. Adequate housing allows security of living in an area, with a reasonable (not overbearing) cost for the provision of shelter.
The third wellbeing Ashburton District performed better in than nationally, was health. This wellbeing highlights people’s ability to live life free from illness and injury. Having better health outcomes provides people with a foundation to be an active and engaged member of society.
The Infometrics Regional Wellbeing framework provides an overview of wellbeing across New Zealand, and also provides a reliable comparison across the country on a consistent set of indicators.
The nine wellbeings in the framework are based of the 12 domains contained in the New Zealand Treasury's Living Standards Framework, the majority of which are closely aligned to the OECD Better Life Index.