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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 wellbeing and quality of life for everyone.

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 and with 'average' 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:

  • view a report card for each indicator.
  • read stories about how the factors measured in the WPI monitoring programme relate to people living in our region.
  • see a comparison at a glance using our ‘circles of wellbeing’ diagrams below, which show how the Waikato region is doing overall; and how we compare on some indicators with New Zealand. ‘Circles of wellbeing’ combine several indicators into a circle diagram showing differences in economic, environmental and social progress.

Comparison at a glance

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. 

 WPI 2 circles 2019


Click on the printer icon to download a PDF of the scorecard and circles of wellbeing >>>  Tip: Click on the print icon to print this page. [PDF, 248 KB]


Ongoing development

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 2018 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. 

Ongoing development includes consideration of WPI alignment with national initiatives by Treasury and Statistics NZ to develop a dashboard of wellbeing indicators.

Click here to view report cards