Surveying the wellbeing of Cantabrians

The Canterbury Wellbeing Survey is an opportunity for residents of greater Christchurch to say how they’re going and what they think about the earthquake recovery.

The Survey will be repeated annually from 2017 with the participation of a random selection of around 2,500 greater Christchurch residents. The survey has previously been conducted every six months.

The feedback given by residents helps identify what:

  • promotes wellbeing;
  • causes people stress,
  • impacts on their quality of life and social connectedness,
  • barriers they’re facing and opportunities they’ve encountered,
  • satisfies them about the recovery and
  • positive impacts they’re experiencing as a result of the earthquakes.

Public input from the Survey helps measure earthquake recovery progress and gives the Canterbury DHB and other agencies an idea of emerging trends in community wellbeing.

Data from the Canterbury Wellbeing Survey is incorporated into the Canterbury Wellbeing Index.

September 2016 Canterbury Wellbeing Survey

Over 2,500 greater Christchurch residents took part in the Canterbury Wellbeing Survey in September 2016.

The findings show that the wellbeing of greater Christchurch residents continues to improve.

Key findings from the latest Wellbeing Survey

82 percent rated their quality of life as good or extremely good.Quality of life indicators have been on an upward trend since the first survey in September 2012. Eighty-two percent of survey respondents rated their quality of life as good or extremely good. There is also an upward trend in another wellbeing measure – WHO-5 Wellbeing Index.

Fewer people now have unresolved insurance claims or are frustrated by living in a damaged environment and the proportion of people who feel encouraged by the signs of progress in the city continues to rise.

While many are doing better, it is clear that the recovery is far from over for some in our community. People surveyed are much more likely to have a lower quality of life score if they:

  • live in a rental property;
  • are on a low income;
  • have a health condition or disability; or
  • have unresolved insurance or EQC claims.

The Survey also highlights that questions remain for some Cantabrians about the quality of their earthquake repairs.

For more information, contact:

Emma Kenagy
Ph:+64 3 378 6707


Ring the Canterbury Support Line on 0800 777 846, if you are finding it hard and need support.

You will be able to talk to someone about accessing the kind of support you need.


Past Canterbury Wellbeing Survey reports

2016 Canterbury Wellbeing Surveys

2015 Canterbury Wellbeing Surveys

2014 Canterbury Wellbeing Surveys

2013 Canterbury Wellbeing Surveys

2012 Canterbury Wellbeing Survey

Page last updated: 01/06/2017

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