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Poll shows good quality of life in Christchurch

Wednesday, September 21, 2016   Posted in: Resources and Information By: Administrator With tags: wellbeing, survey

Christchurch City Council media release: 21st September 2016

People walk through Hagley Park.A national survey has revealed the majority of Christchurch residents rate their quality of life as good or extremely good.

Nine Councils from across New Zealand participated in the Quality of Life survey, which in Christchurch involved interviews with 520 people.

The majority of the Christchurch respondents (78 percent) rated their quality of life as good or extremely good.

The most common reasons they gave for the positive quality of life in Christchurch were physical and mental health and wellbeing, financial wellbeing, and positive relationships.

Those results are backed up by Christchurch City Council’s own Life in Christchurch survey, which was completed by more than 3000 residents.

The Life in Christchurch survey showed more residents were actively engaging with the Council on key decisions that impacted their communities.

The survey also revealed that residents believed the Botanic Gardens, Hagley Park and the Port Hills were the highest contributors to the city’s identity, with the majority of respondents agreeing the Garden City image was still the strongest defining feature of Christchurch.

Areas Life in Christchurch survey respondents identified for improvement included public transport, crime and neighbourhood safety. Similar themes were reported in the Quality of Life survey.

“Overall the results are pretty positive and, while there are areas for improvement, the results provide a good insight into where we are - both from an emotional and physical perspective in the midst of rebuilding not just our city, but also our sense of belonging and community," Council Monitoring and Research Team Leader Kath Jamieson said.

Key findings from the Life in Christchurch survey included:

  • Almost half of respondents agreed the Council made decisions with the community’s best interests in mind.
  • About 45 percent of respondents had participated in Council decision-making in the last 12 months.
  • When asked to provide one word that described Christchurch, ‘home’ was the word most commonly provided by respondents.
  • More than 80 percent of respondents agreed they enjoyed living in their neighbourhood; neighbourhood parks and green spaces were the main reason cited.
  • While most respondents were satisfied with the state of the city’s harbours and coastline, more than half were not satisfied with the state of the city’s rivers.

Key findings from the Quality in Life survey included:

  • 58 percent of Christchurch respondents felt a sense of community with others in their local area and the majority of respondents (97 per cent) reported positive contacts with others in their neighbourhood.
  • 59 percent said the growing numbers of people from different lifestyles and cultures made Christchurch a better or much better place to live.
  • 31 percent of Christchurch respondents said they felt safe in the city centre after dark.
  • 84 percent said the type of home they lived in suited their needs and 89 per cent said the area they lived in suited their needs.

Healthy Christchurch Champions

  • Canterbury District Health Board
  • Christchurch City Council
  • Environment Canterbury
  • Ministry of Health
  • Ngai Tahu
  • NZ Police
  • Pegasus Health
  • University of Otago, Christchurch