These Waikato Progress Indicators (WPI) measure our societal and environmental progress in the Waikato region, as well as growth in our regional economy. In the past, measures of progress have focused too much on the financial aspects of life only - and not enough on the quality of life for everyone. That key measure has been Gross Domestic Product (GDP), which has been used by the vast majority of countries around the world, including New Zealand.
However, measuring where the money is only tells us about our economic activity and growth. It doesn’t help us to find out how well people and communities are doing in terms of wellbeing or quality of life – or what they think and feel about where and how they’re living. If we truly want to measure progress and success, we need broaden our focus to include a range of economic, social and environmental measures which together, tell a more complete story.
We need to clearly identify which aspects we are doing well in; where we need to improve; and how changes in one aspect are linked with or affected by changes in others. We also want to find out how we compare with other regions within New Zealand; and contribute to providing a more accurate ‘national picture’ for our country for comparison with others overseas.
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Our progress at a glance
The WPI scorecard (left) shows our region’s progress at a glance, displaying the improving or worsening trends for each of the indicators. The 32 indicators are grouped by ‘theme’ - economic, environmental and social. >> Click on the scorecard to view it as a full size PDF and webpage.
You can also:
Use our ‘circles of wellbeing’ to check our progress for the Waikato region and to compare our progress on some WPIs with similar ones measured for New Zealand.
Click on the printer icon to download a printable copy of the circles of wellbeing >>> [PDF, 961 KB]
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 2016 with a particular focus on the years since 2006/07.
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. More data will be collated and tracked to support the 32 WPI indicators. This will provide a more complete picture of underlying causes and drivers for the observed changes and trends.