The data in this indicator is no longer being updated.

Stats NZ is developing well-being indicators, Indicators Aotearoa New Zealand - Ngā Tūtohu Aotearoa, to track New Zealand’s progress. As the well-being indicators have similar aims to the NZ Progress Indicators and NZ Social Indicators, we are reviewing the future of these existing indicators.

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Why is this important for social statistics?

We measure this because good health is critical to well-being. Without good health, people are less able to enjoy life fully – their options are limited, and they’re less likely to be happy.

Many factors affect and are affected by health outcomes, including genetic predisposition, behaviour, the physical and social environment, and the availability of health services.

  • Tobacco smoking

    The proportion of the population who currently smoke tobacco.
  • Potentially hazardous drinking

    The proportion of the population aged 15 years and over who drink alcohol, and those who scored eight or more on the Alcohol Use Disorders Identification Test.
  • Life expectancy

    Life expectancy at birth indicates the number of years a person is expected to live, based on the death rates of the population at each age in a given period.
  • Obesity

    The proportion of the population aged 15 years and over who are obese.
  • Childhood immunisation coverage

    The percentages of children aged eight months old, two years old and five years old who are immunised, according to the immunisation schedule and catch-up schedule.
  • Physical activity

    The proportion of the population aged 15 years and over who are physically active.
  • Prevalence of psychological distress

    The proportion of people who have a high or very high probability of experiencing mental illness, especially anxiety or depressive disorders.
  • Suicide

    The number of suicide deaths per 100,000 people.

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