Monitoring the wellbeing of Cantabrians

Community and Public Health monitors the wellbeing of greater Christchurch’s residents and tracks the recovery from the earthquakes. This monitoring is conducted on behalf of the Ministry of Health and the Canterbury DHB, and was inherited from the Canterbury Earthquake Recovery Authority (CERA) in March 2016.

Community and Public Health achieves this monitoring through the Canterbury Wellbeing Index and the Canterbury Wellbeing Survey. The Survey results feed into the Index, along with data and content provided from various agencies and groups.

Canterbury Wellbeing Index

The Canterbury Wellbeing Index uses a range of indicators to provide information on wellbeing and the factors that influence wellbeing.

It helps Community and Public Health and partner agencies make decisions about the most efficient way to target funds and resources. It provides accurate and robust information to the Canterbury DHB, our partner agencies and the community.

Canterbury Wellbeing Survey

The Canterbury Wellbeing Survey gives the Canterbury DHB and other agencies an idea of emerging trends in community wellbeing and helps to measure ongoing earthquake impacts.

It is now conducted annually by Community and Public Health and partner agencies with the participation of a random selection of around 2,500 greater Christchurch residents each time. Surveys before 2017 were conducted every six months.

For more information, contact:

Canterbury Wellbeing Index and Survey Team
Ph:+64 3 364 1777


Youth Wellbeing Survey 2013

The Canterbury Earthquake Recovery Authority (CERA) ran the last Youth Wellbeing Survey between September and December 2013. They asked young people questions aged between 12 and 24 about their wellbeing, where they go for help and the positive and negative impacts of the earthquakes. They also asked about future plans and what’s important to young people in the recovery.

The 2013 Youth Wellbeing Survey was developed and carried out by a working group that included the Ministry of Education, Canterbury District Health Board, Ministry of Youth Development, Christchurch City Council, Selwyn District Council, Waimakariri District Council, Te Rūnanga o Ngāi Tahu, Natural Hazards Research Platform, and the Collaborative for Research and Training in Youth Health and Development.

The survey findings highlighted themes and needs in three key areas summarised in the following infographics:


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