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Measuring community wellbeingTe ine i te hauora o te hapori

Every year NCC's Community Strategies Team asks Napier citizens a series of questions to assess their current quality of life. The findings from this survey help us formulate policies and initiatives to enhance the social wellbeing of our community.

Napier Social Monitor Survey

The Napier Social Monitor survey sets out a framework for considering social well-being and provides important information about the quality of life of Napier residents.

Napier City Council’s Community Strategies Team has implemented these community surveys since 1998. In 2019 the survey was revised and is now undertaken annually.

The aims of the Napier Social Monitor are to measure:

  • Quality of life, including the impact of Covid-19
  • Community mental wellbeing and health
  • Social connections and neighbourhoods
  • Diversity
  • Safety
  • Accessibility
  • Emergency management
  • Climate change perceptions.

2021 Social Monitor Survey

The 2021 Social Monitor survey was completed in September 2021 and sought the views of a representative sample of 610 Napier residents.

Read the full report

Highlights from the 2021 survey: 

  • 88% of residents have friends or family they can count on in times of trouble (similar to 2020, 89%)
  • 78% of residents have social connections (the same as in 2020)
  • 60% of residents feel their community is tolerant of others (similar to 2020)
  • 48% of residents believe an increasing number of people with different lifestyles and cultures from different countries makes Napier a better place to live (new question in 2021)
  • 72% of residents rate their health as good (up from 70% in 2020)
  • 33% of residents feel unsafe (up from 17% in 2020)
  • 70% of residents rate their life in Napier as good or very good (down from 79% in 2020). 



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