The quality of life experienced by residents of a city often depends to a large extent on the informal caring and supportive networks found at a neighbourhood level. The presence of formal and informal relationships between people living in the same local area facilitates participation in society, fosters a sense of belonging and supports social cohesion.
- Since 2010, the proportion of people who feel isolated most or some of the time has doubled to around one third of residents.
- Around 90% of people consistently report that they do have someone they could turn to if they were faced with serious illness or injury, or needed emotional support during a difficult time.
- Between 2012 and 2014, the proportion of people who agree that people in their communities can usually be trusted declined by 15%.
- Since 2006, the social networks people belong to are changing; the proportion belonging to an online social network has more than doubled to 50%, while membership of traditional networks such as clubs and churches declined.
Feeling Lonely or Isolated
Someone to Turn To
Social Network and Groups
More detail and information
NZ Social Indicators(external link): Social connections are important because the relationships people have with others can benefit individuals and society.
The General Social Survey(external link): The New Zealand General Social Survey (NZGSS) provides information on the well-being of New Zealanders aged 15 years and over.
Canterbury Wellbeing Index:(external link) The Canterbury Wellbeing Index tracks the progress of social recovery using indicators to identify emerging social trends and issues.