To better understand the wellbeing and needs of local communities, Trust Tairāwhiti captures and analyses comprehensive data through the annual Tairāwhiti Wellbeing Survey (TWS). This data is benchmarked against He Rangitapu He Tohu Ora, the Trust’s wellbeing framework, and is used to help inform the Trust’s operations and investment decisions. It’s also freely available as a resource for local and national organisations and communities.

While Statistics NZ already collects wellbeing data through their biannual NZ General Social Survey (NZGSS), this doesn’t accurately reflect our region due to the small sample size from Tairāwhiti.

The TWS is a condensed version of the NZGSS, with questions around life satisfaction, income, health, business opportunities, connectedness in the community and perceptions of the environment.

This is a longitudinal project, and has now been conducted two years in a row. Over time, we will be able to see patterns and trends. The Trust’s ultimate aspiration is to help enhance the collective wellbeing of Tairāwhiti, and having accurate data provides an essential foundation.


2023 Wellbeing Survey Numbers

  • The survey ran for eight weeks from 26 October to 19 December 2023.
  • There were 833 weighted results from people right across Tairāwhiti.
  • Compared with the 2022 survey, there was a significant increase in the percentage of people concerned about the economy and the environment.


Data Dashboards

2023 Insights

Data Tables