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Indicators for The Social Report 2007

There are 40 indicators in this year’s Social Report

There have been no changes to the outcome domains in this year’s Report, but there have been changes to some indicators. The indicator of school leavers with higher qualifications now reports on the proportion of secondary school leavers who left school with a qualification at National Certificate of Educational Achievement (NCEA) Level 2 or above. The population with low incomes indicator has been altered to bring it into line with international best practice. The intentional injury child mortality indicator has been replaced with an indicator of assault mortality which covers the whole population. The perceptions of safety indicator has been replaced with an indicator of fear of crime. The adult literacy skills in English indicator and the population with low living standards indicator have been removed from the report. Minor changes have also been made to five further indicators. A full summary of the changes is provided in Appendix 1.

Twenty-seven of the 40 indicators in the Social Report have been updated this year. Those that have not been updated are either based on surveys that are not repeated annually or new data was not available in time for it to be included in this Report. 

The indicators for The Social Report 2007 are set out on the following pages, with the updated indicators highlighted in bold. Technical details about indicator construction are in Appendix 2.

Table IN1 The Social Report 2007 outcome domains and indicators (updated indicators in bold)

Desired outcome statement Indicators
Everybody has the opportunity to enjoy a long and healthy life. Avoidable deaths, disease, and injuries are prevented. Everybody has the ability to function, participate and live independently or be appropriately supported in society.
  1. Health expectancy
  2. Life expectancy
  3. Suicide
  4. Cigarette smoking
  5. Obesity
Knowledge and Skills
Desired outcome statement Indicators
Everybody has the knowledge and skills needed to participate fully in society. Lifelong learning and education are valued and supported.
  1. Participation in early childhood education
  2. School leavers with higher qualifications
  3. Participation in tertiary education
  4. Educational attainment of the adult population
Paid Work
Desired outcome statement Indicators
Everybody has 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. Everybody has access to an adequate income 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. Housing affordability
  5. Household crowding
Civil and Political Rights
Desired outcome statement Indicators
Everybody enjoys 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. Everybody is 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
Everybody is satisfied with their participation in leisure and recreation activities. They have sufficient time to do what they want to do and can access an adequate range of 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. Everybody is able to access natural areas and public spaces.
  1. Air quality
  2. Drinking water quality
Desired outcome statement Indicators
Everybody enjoys physical safety and feels secure. People are free from victimisation, abuse, violence and avoidable injury.
  1. Assault mortality
  2. Criminal victimisation
  3. Fear of crime
  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. Regular contact with family/friends
  3. Trust in others
  4. Loneliness
  5. Contact between young people and their parents