Report: TR 2013/37
Author: International Research Consultants Ltd
Choosing Futures Waikato (CFW) was established in 2004 as a collaboration comprising representatives of staff from Waikato Regional Council, Hamilton City Council, various district councils from the region, Waikato District Health Board, NZ Police, Ministry of Social Development, and the Department of Internal Affairs.
CFW facilitated the identification of the regional community outcomes for the Waikato region. In addition, a working group of technical staff from local and central government agencies was formed to develop a framework and processes to monitor and report progress of the region’s community outcomes (MARCO), including the selection of suitable indicators.
In 2006, MARCO identified a broad range of measures (approx 190) with a smaller core set of 75 indicator measures that could be used to measure progress towards the region’s community outcomes. A number of those core indicators (about 15 - 20) were measures that require data to be collected through a survey.
Choosing Futures Waikato was disestablished following the amendments to the Local Government Act 2011, which revoked the mandatory requirement for councils to identify community outcomes and to track and report on progress towards them. However, the multi-agency MARCO group continued the gathering and reporting of the 75 core indicators to provide ongoing key information of the communities economic, social/cultural and environmental wellbeing.
The first ‘Waikato Regional Perception Survey’ was undertaken in May/June 2007. The 2010 survey was an update of the 2007 project and follows basically the same parameters as 2007.
The third Waikato Regional Perception Survey was undertaken in June 2013. The 2013 survey was an update of the 2010 project and follows basically the same parameters as 2010 and 2007.
Further information, including a report on all verbatim comments from survey respondents and specific reports for Hamilton City and some districts can be found at www.choosingfutures.co.nz/Publications/ (external link) .
|Happiness with quality of life||1|
|Quality of life factors||2|
|Barriers to accessing health care||3|
|Participation in sport and active leisure||5|
|Council decision making factors||6|
|Sense of pride||6|
|What makes your district unique or special||7|
|Participation and equity factors||7|
|Three biggest issues for your district||8|
|Three biggest issues council should be looking at||8|
|Summary of indexes - Waikato region||9|
|Indexes - Waikato region||10|
|Waikato region - comparison to 2010 and 2007||11|
|Tables of core indexes by council||12|
|Waikato region - summary tables - percentages across the various scale||15|
|Telephone area compared to respondents area||25|
|Scales and their interpretation||27|
|How happy are you with your quality of life||33|
|Quality of life factors||40|
|Barriers to accessing health care||54|
|Particpation in sport and active leisure||71|
|Council decision making factors||74|
|Sense of pride||80|
|What makes your district unique or special||89|
|Participation and equity factors||93|
|Three biggest issues for your district||101|
|Three biggest issues council should be looking at||108|
|Results by district/city||117|
|Summary of indexes - Thames Coromandel district||117|
|Summary of indexes - Hauraki district||124|
|Summary of indexes - Waikato district||130|
|Summary of indexes - Hamilton||136|
|Summary of indexes - Matamata-Piako district||142|
|Summary of indexes - Waipa district||149|
|Summary of indexes - South Waikato district||157|
|Summary of indexes - Otorohanga district||163|
|Summary of indexes - Waitomo district||169|
|Summary of indexes - Rotorua district||175|
|Summary of indexes - Taupo district||181|
|Appendix - Questionnaire||187|