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Indicators for The Social Report 2005

There are 42 indicators in this year's report

The key change from the 2004 report is the deletion of an indicator of "disability requiring assistance". We are also using revised measures of child abuse and neglect, satisfaction with leisure and hourly earnings. A full summary of the changes is provided in Appendix 1.

Of the 42 indicators included in the report, 17 cannot be updated this year because they are based on surveys that are not repeated annually or because new data was not available in time for it to be included in this report. However, additional time-trend information has been provided in the report for some of the indicators that have not been updated.

The indicators for The Social Report 2005 are set out below. The indicators that have been updated are highlighted in bold. Where an indicator is marked with an asterisk (*), more detailed subnational data can be found in the regional section. Technical details about indicator construction can be found in Appendix 2.

Table IN1 The Social Report 2005 outcome domains and indicators

Desired outcome statement Indicators

All people have the opportunity to enjoy long and healthy lives. Avoidable deaths, disease, and injuries are prevented. All people have the ability to function, participate and live independently or appropriately supported in society.

  1. Health expectancy
  2. Life expectancy*
  3. Suicide
  4. Prevalence of cigarette smoking*
  5. Obesity
Knowledge and Skills
Desired outcome statement Indicators

All people have the knowledge and skills they need to participate fully in society. Lifelong learning and education are valued and supported. All people have the necessary skills to participate in a knowledge society.

  1. Participation in early childhood education*
  2. School leavers with higher qualifications*
  3. Educational attainment of the adult population*
  4. Adult literacy skills in English
  5. Participation in tertiary education
Paid Work
Desired outcome statement Indicators

All people have access to meaningful, rewarding and safe employment. An appropriate balance is maintained between paid work and other aspects of life.

  1. Unemployment*
  2. Employment*
  3. Median hourly earnings*
  4. Workplace injury claims*
  5. Satisfaction with work-life balance
Economic Standard of Living
Desired outcome statement Indicators

New Zealand is a prosperous society, reflecting the value of both paid and unpaid work. All people have access to adequate incomes and decent, affordable housing that meets their needs. With an adequate standard of living, people are well-placed to participate fully in society and to exercise choice about how to live their lives.

  1. Market income per person
  2. Income inequality
  3. Population with low incomes*
  4. Population with low living standards
  5. Housing affordability
  6. Household crowding*
Civil and Political Rights
Desired outcome statement Indicators

All people enjoy civil and political rights. Mechanisms to regulate and arbitrate people’s rights in respect of each other are trustworthy.

  1. Voter turnout*
  2. Representation of women in government*
  3. Perceived discrimination
  4. Perceived corruption
Cultural Identity
Desired outcome statement Indicators

New Zealanders share a strong national identity, have a sense of belonging and value cultural diversity. All people are able to pass their cultural traditions on to future generations. Māori culture is valued and protected.

  1. Local content programming on New Zealand television
  2. Māori language speakers*
  3. Language retention*
Leisure and Recreation
Desired outcome statement Indicators

All people are satisfied with their participation in leisure and recreation activities. All people have adequate time in which they can do what they want to do, and can access an adequate range of different opportunities for leisure and recreation.

  1. Satisfaction with leisure time
  2. Participation in sport and active leisure*
  3. Participation in cultural and arts activities
Physical Environment
Desired outcome statement Indicators

The natural and built environment in which people live is clean, healthy and beautiful. All people are able to access natural areas and public spaces.

  1. Air quality
  2. Drinking water quality
Desired outcome statement Indicators

All people enjoy physical safety and feel secure. People are free from victimisation, abuse, violence and avoidable injury.

  1. Intentional injury child mortality
  2. Criminal victimisation
  3. Perceptions of safety
  4. Road casualties*
Social Connectedness
Desired outcome statement Indicators

People enjoy constructive relationships with others in their families, whānau, communities, iwi and workplaces. Families support and nurture those in need of care. New Zealand is an inclusive society where people are able to access information and support.

  1. Telephone and internet access in the home*
  2. Participation in family/whānau activities and regular contact with family/friends
  3. Trust in others
  4. Loneliness
  5. Contact between young people and their parents*