The Agenda Waikato-commissioned research "Ranking the Waikato's Wellbeing' by Waikato University provides a critical benchmark for the sub-region of communities and sectors within a 45 minute drive of Hamilton city. The research was released in a public forum on the 25th of June 2018 with the hope that it will to lead to better policy-making and decisions by commerce and government. The research takes a range of indicators to identify the strengths and weaknesses of the region.
The sub region of the Waikato, with approximately 316,000 people, is a significant part of the New Zealand economy. This research is different as it doesn’t follow council territorial lines; it is based on the role of Hamilton, and the communities and sectors that are within a 45-minute drive to Hamilton. It’s a true reflection of the wider Hamilton metro area.
There are more than 100 indicators that have been identified and 87 are contained within the research. These indicators have been created to align with the OECD Wellbeing criteria and the new Treasury capital classifications that are currently under development.
This is innovative and ground-breaking research.
We want to know just what makes up this region, and how people interact through living here, working here and recreating here.
Having research like this that aligns with the likes of the OECD and Treasury means that the research we undertake should lead to better policy making and decisions by business, local government and central government. Knowing where we score highest on is important to learn, leverage and build on those attributes. Seeing where we are below New Zealand is important so that we can identify our weaknesses and build on that information.
This, the first of its kind of benchmarking in this region, will be incredibly useful as the Waikato and NZ Inc move to a more collaborative and engaged approach to make better decisions that will benefit the communities in the area.
And, if we are aspirational, this study can potentially be extended to other regions and cities within NZ to help NZ Inc understand regions outside of their main centres.
Waikato Means Business:
Read the research...
Our submission to treasury