The first Tairāwhiti Wellbeing Survey (TWS) was launched in October 2022, designed to build comprehensive data about how we’re doing as a region. 

The intent was to improve the local data available to the region and better understand the wellbeing of our people. 

While Stats NZ already captures wellbeing data through their biannual NZ General Social Survey (NZGSS), this data doesn’t accurately reflect our region due to the small sample size. This means Tairāwhiti data is always lumped in with Hawke’s Bay. 

The TWS is made up of four modules. The first two are condensed versions of the NZGSS. The third module is region specific. The fourth module is a partner module, last year we partnered with Rongowhakaata Iwi Trust.  

A big thanks to all the people and whānau in Tairāwhiti who gave their time and effort to complete the survey and help build our region’s wellbeing data. 

The Tairāwhiti Wellbeing Survey is a longitudinal survey, with the intent to roll it out annually. Over time, we will be able to see patterns and trends and whether our regional wellbeing is improving. 



  • The survey ran for nine weeks from 12 October to 12 December 2022.
  • 1026 people completed the core wellbeing modules of the survey.
  • 935 completed the entire survey.


The first tranche of data from the core wellbeing questions in the survey is now available, comparable to national wellbeing data. 

2022 Data Tables


We’ll continue to add more insights and data tables as we work through the broader survey modules.