Stats NZ has just released wellbeing data from their general social survey they do every two years. As the Government is trying to brand themselves all about wellbeing, I thought it would be interesting to compare the 2018/19 data with the 2016/17 data. And rather embarrassingly for the Government, major indicators have declined. It shows they are about talk, not delivery.
Some key changes:
- Proportion with life satisfaction at 8/10 or higher declined from 64.7% to 62.2%
- Proportion with life satisfaction at 6/10 or lower increased from 17.3% to 18.9%
- Proportion with life worthwhile at 8/10 or higher declined from 71.4% to 69.2%
Proportion with life worthwhile at 6/10 or lower increased from 12.6% to 14.0%
- Proportion with enough or more than enough money declined from 64.4% to 62.8%
- Proportion with very good or excellent health status declined from 57.8% to 55.3%
- Proportion who have trust in people of NZ at 7/10 or higher declined from 67.6% to 65.9%
Again these are the official measures of well being measured by Stats NZ, and they are going backwards.