City quality of life good

Despite the doom and gloom picture painted by some in politics in a new survey most city dwellers in New Zealand say that the overall quality of life is either very good or good (from 78% to 88%, total 81%), with only a few percent thinking it is poor or in the case of a couple of cities, very poor (from 2% to 4%).

Dunedin topped the rankings but only by a negligible margin over Wellington.

It’s not surprising that Christchurch has the lowest extremely good+good ranking, but only Hamilton and Porirua register (just) on ‘extremely poor’.

Results by city council:

cityqualityoflife2016

 

The cities surveyed cover 65% of the new Zealand population. Margins of error range from 1.9%-4.4%, overall 1.3%. Tauranga is not included.

The Quality of Life Project

…was initiated in 1999 in response to growing pressures on urban communities, concern about the impacts of urbanisation and the effects of this on the wellbeing of residents.

The project was a collaboration between councils represented in Local Government New Zealand’s Local Government Metro Sector forum.

The key purpose of the project was to provide information to decision-makers to improve the quality of life in major New Zealand urban areas.

Overall nine council report

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  1. Conspiratoor

     /  14th January 2017

    Rawene is far and away the best metropolis in NZ but please don’t pass this on. People are friendly in an eccentric way, the local dance scene caters to all tastes and les fruits de la mer, well what more can I say…

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    • Gezza

       /  14th January 2017

      Pretty much covers everything of import I reckon c.

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      • Conspiratoor

         /  14th January 2017

        2 happy faces

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        • Gezza

           /  14th January 2017

          Just tangentally, while I have your 5-second span of attention c, those foreigners we spoke of yesterday. Would they happen to speak … Russian ?

          Also, the axes got a work out last night:
          https://yournz.org/2017/01/13/open-forum-friday-113/#comment-156250

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          • Conspiratoor

             /  14th January 2017

            G, good to hear the axe is getting a work out. Is it true that it is exceedingly dificult to sing and play the bass at the same time. I would imagine you sing like a bird amongst a plethora of other skills.
            Your comment in relation to foreigners rings a bell. Can I simply reply by asking whether you have ever smashed an empty vodka glass into the back of a fireplace?
            While you were carousing with Svetlana I was enjoying an equally rewarding workout in the bush with a couple of comrades. We rode the legendary bone garden, level 4+, in the pitch dark. Well in my case ‘rode’ would be a an exaggeration worthy of PNZ. No bones broken though so all good and I returned to the marital bed intact. I have submitted a picture by way of proof below.
            By the way, I have passed the stringent vetting process required to enter the GAB community and I await in a queue of 4,451 to join the forums. I have also received my DNA kit so today I will deposit a drop of my saliva on a stick and await for news about my genetic diversity, in particular confirmation that I am part neanderthal and part mongol. Can’t wait. Cheers,c

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            • Gezza

               /  14th January 2017

              Svetlana was a shameless hussy, & is long-goneski, c. The FW to whom I was referring also has a name which commences with the noble G. She plays the bass. Her attempts at backing vocals were spectacularly unsuccessful & were discontinued early in the session. Those folk in the picture look like hard men to be reckoned with, & I trust there was a discreet police presence to ensure no civil disturbances resulted from this gathering. Over & out.

            • Conspiratoor

               /  14th January 2017

              Yes G you would not send a boy out to do business with those two. One in particular reminds me of me when I was that age. They also possess an abundance of testosterone. However the sharp eyed observer will notice the neutraliser on the bike in the foreground, so I am able to foot it with them

              All the best with the new love interest

            • Gezza

               /  14th January 2017

              @ c.
              GAB Ghana Association of Bankers (est. 1980) ❓😳

    • Alan Wilkinson

       /  14th January 2017

      Also it’s just across the water from PZ, C. Almost within spitting distance so to speak.

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      • Conspiratoor

         /  14th January 2017

        Holy shit Al you’ve got me worried, neighbours?. There are some ‘interesting’ folk on the northern shore. Banjo country

        “I pitched my tent at Flanders Crossing. And a damned yankee came and settled a hundred miles away”. D Boone

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        • Alan Wilkinson

           /  14th January 2017

          I must say I’ve enjoyed the cafes on both sides of the water, C. Once did a farm stay on the northern side too. A nice place with good sensible folks but no doubt there are all sorts over there as everywhere.

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  2. Gezza

     /  14th January 2017

    Well, Welly’s had a bit of a blow with damaged buildings n stuff, so reckon we’re not doing too bad to still be nipping the heels of Dunedin, which, I’m told, can apparently despite the cold Winters still be quite lovely on a nice day and generally has very affable residents.

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    • Gezza

       /  14th January 2017

      “Tauranga is not included.”
      😦 If there are any semi-regular posters here from up that way, there might be some negative input on that!

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      • patupaiarehe

         /  14th January 2017

        They don’t need to ask us G, they know that our response would make everywhere else look bad 😉

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        • Gezza

           /  14th January 2017

          Papamoa lured away two dedicated Dunne voters that I know of, so you might be right. They reckoned ‘moa is ‘where it’s at’ for the discerning well-heeled home buyer?

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          • patupaiarehe

             /  14th January 2017

            Having worked on more than a few ‘high end’ residential builds out those ways, I would have to agree.

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            • Gezza

               /  14th January 2017

              I thought it was north of Tauranga but I see its a little bit South, so I guess it’s about 0.00001 degrees colder in Winter?

            • patupaiarehe

               /  14th January 2017

              Something like that G 😀 I remember as a teenager going to some wild parties around ‘Pap East’, a little ‘bach village’ in the middle of nowhere, halfway to Te Puke. Nowadays there is no ‘Pap East’, just houses all the way from ‘The Mount’ to where it once was, & beyond….

            • Gezza

               /  14th January 2017

              I’m on the FiP & it won’t let me view that due to some stupid technical reason or other. Might have a look to tomorrow on the lappy.

    • Gezza

       /  14th January 2017

      It’s grey & there’s a northerly blowing outside in North Welly, which, unusually, is pretty much how it’s been for the last four months this year. Comments on local climactic conditions from residents of any parts of this wonderful greater Wellington region, & on what we can do about this state of affairs, would welcomed by this reporter.

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      • Gezza

         /  14th January 2017

        * climatic (let’s just not go there with the other word)

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        • Alan Wilkinson

           /  14th January 2017

          Climarctic is the correct spelling for Wellington I think, G. Though possibly in your state, climactic rolled off the keyboard more easily.

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          • Gezza

             /  14th January 2017

            Welingtonians only please.

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            • Alan Wilkinson

               /  14th January 2017

              I was born there so I’m licensed to list its attractions.

            • Gezza

               /  14th January 2017

              The might explain why occasionally you can actually seem quite reasonable Al.

            • Alan Wilkinson

               /  14th January 2017

              I had to listen a lot to my mother complaining about living on top of a wind-swept mountain and pushing me up it in a pram. They escaped before I was old enough to remember those delights.

            • Gezza

               /  14th January 2017

              Girls eh?

          • We get quite a bit of climantarctic in Dunedin – too much of it for the first half of January and the forecast for next week isn’t flash with highs predicted of 14, 12, 12, 13, 14 from Thursday.

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            • Alan Wilkinson

               /  14th January 2017

              We’ve got the opposite problem – a drought and continuous fine hot weather. The water tankers are running from dawn to dusk bringing water into town from as far as Moerewa. Our big cabbage tree is succumbing to sudden collapse syndrome no doubt aggravated by the drought.

              We were supposed to get some showers yesterday and in town got 10 minutes but out the back road nothing.

            • Conspiratoor

               /  14th January 2017

              50,000 litres 2 months ago, now down to 12,000. All hopes rest on next Thursday

            • Alan Wilkinson

               /  14th January 2017

              These are the times when investing in a bore seems worthwhile. We are forecast to get 15mm on Thursday but I wouldn’t count on it. Even if we got it that’s only 2200 litres for our tanks.

            • Conspiratoor

               /  14th January 2017

              150 square metres Al, that’s a shoebox!

            • Alan Wilkinson

               /  14th January 2017

              Two levels, C. Any bigger and my wife would buy more stuff we don’t need. As it is there is no wall space left here or in the holiday house next door.

            • Conspiratoor

               /  14th January 2017

              I feel your pain Al, sometimes I think I married Imelda

            • Gezza

               /  14th January 2017

              Who the hell just goes next door for their holiday?

            • Gezza

               /  14th January 2017

              No wonder you’ve got plenty of money. It’s not like your travel costs would be crippling.

            • Alan Wilkinson

               /  14th January 2017

              Lots of people come next door for their holiday, G, just not us.

            • Despite these long droughts here in the Far North, year after year, most people go on flushing between 4 and 9 litres – average 6.7L per flush in Auckland – of perfectly good drinking, washing and laundry water down the loo every time they go or, when times get really tough, follow the golden rule, “If its yellow … if its brown” …

              This amounts to about 20% or one fifth of household water consumption … Flushed away with our poos and wees!!! I think its disgusting …

              Composting toilets and responsible use of humanure is the answer for we rural dwellers IMHO …

              Many people also have a carport or shed. Catch this water too, in whatever containers you can afford … eg square 1000 litre containers used to import food and chemicals (or chemical food) … and use this [or these] to water the garden …

              https://www.watercare.co.nz/community/Be%20Waterwise/Water%20use%20in%20Auckland/Pages/Household-water-use-in-Auckland.aspx

              https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2009/may/12/humanure-composting-toilets

              Anyhow … that’s enough shit talk from me today!

            • Conspiratoor

               /  14th January 2017

              Parti, the earth moved. You’re still talking shit but you’re making sense. Cheers,c

  3. Alan Wilkinson

     /  14th January 2017

    Trying out my new possum trap and so far the local possum disposal services are doing a stellar job. As far as I can see the trap has fired twice and barely a trace of a possum is left anywhere. I suspect the local hawks and weka have discovered breakfast is served early now.

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