Our 32 Waikato Progress Indicators (WPI) measure our societal and environmental progress in the Waikato region, as well as growth in our regional economy. They provide us with information about our current state and how it is changing over time. This helps us to find out how well people and communities are doing in terms of wellbeing or quality of life – including what they think and feel about where and how they’re living.
It’s not just about tracking our economic progress, because economic, social and environmental factors are linked in different ways. Changes in one aspect can contribute to changes in another. We need to consider this and think about what balance is needed across these areas to achieve overall ‘wellbeing’ for people in the Waikato region.
One way is to use this information to track trends on where things are improving, getting worse or where’s there’s been little or no change, so we can all talk about our region’s future and what matters most to people. We need to know what areas and issues need our attention first and identify where we can share resources and services or create strategic alliances which will ensure the Waikato region’s progress moves in a positive direction in the future. This information and the ongoing development of this project will help us to summarise the ‘health’ of the Waikato region and the people and communities here. So, are we on track?
As part of understanding our region’s progress, we’ve summarised key information for each of the 32 WPIs into a report card. Each report card includes a summary of the current state in relation to that indicator (results) and information about what the particular indicator means, why it is important and how the results were obtained (for example, by listing the data source).
You can use the links in the table below to view each indicator’s report card.
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|Regional GDP||Life satisfaction||Educational attainment||Housing affordability|
|Perceptions of safety||Crime||Road safety||Life expectancy|
|Perceived health||Social connectedness||Community pride||Physical activity|
|Cultural respect||Te Reo Māori speakers||Voter turnout||Community engagement|
|Income||Income inequality||Building activity||Employment|
|Public transport||Water use||Environmental attitudes||River water quality|
|Soil quality||Rural subdivision||Air quality||Greenhouse gases|
|Indigenous vegetation||Coastal habitats||Waste||Recycling|
This information will be regularly updated as we continue to track our progress and identify trends in the future. The Waikato Progress Indicators (WPI) monitoring programme covers the period 2001 to 2014/15 with a particular focus on the years since 2006/07. Note that the period 2006-2008 doesn’t represent an ‘average’ year, as it occurred at the end of an economic boom and just before the Global Financial Crisis. However, information from 2007 onwards is more robust and as the WPI monitoring programme continues it will provide an increasingly accurate signal of long term regional progress over time. Further research by Waikato Regional Council and its partners will also enable an increased focus on Mātauranga Māori and toha (indigenous knowledge and indicators) to be included into this work. The number of indicators being tracked may also increase to more measures of wellbeing and quality of life as these are identified.