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Quality of Life Survey

The Quality of Life Survey provides a valuable source of information on lifestyles in the major metropolitan areas of New Zealand. The Survey is led by the Auckland, Wellington, Christchurch and Dunedin City Councils with other councils participating from time to time.

Dunedin residents continue to rate their city as a great place to live, according to the results of the latest Quality of Life Survey.

The survey found 87% of Dunedin residents ‘strongly agree’ or ‘agree’ Dunedin is a great place to live, compared to 80% across the eight New Zealand cities that participate in the survey, including Auckland, Wellington and Christchurch. The survey also found 87% of Dunedin residents rated their quality of life as ‘extremely good’, ‘very good’ or ‘good’, compared to 84% across all cities surveyed.

Dunedin residents also rate the way their city looks and feels – 73% of local respondents ‘strongly agree’ or ‘agree’ that they feel a sense of pride in the way their city or local area looks or feels, compared to 61% for all cities surveyed.

Dunedin residents also appear to be feeling safer in their city, with improvements in perceptions of problems relating to alcohol and drug issues, vandalism, and safety after dark.

Fewer Dunedin residents feel that their home has a problem with damp or mould when compared to all cities surveyed (19% compared to 26%). A higher percentage of Dunedin residents ‘strongly agree’ or ‘agree’ they can afford to heat their home properly, 71% compared to 66% for all cities surveyed.

The Quality of Life Survey is undertaken every two years and is a survey of residents' perceptions of quality of life in their city. The Survey was first conducted in 2008 with the next Survey being conducted in 2020. The topics covered by the Survey include:

  • Quality of Life
  • Built and natural environment
  • Housing
  • Public transport
  • Health and wellbeing
  • Crime and safety
  • Community, culture and social networks
  • Economic wellbeing
  • Council processes

The results of the survey are used by the Dunedin City Council to monitor the city's progress towards its goals, by researchers investigating quality of life issues and by the general community.

For more information on the Quality of Life Survey including all historic Survey reports please visit the Quality of life website in the resources section.

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