New mea­sure of progress

The­atre troupe sorts rem­nants

Kapi-Mana News - - NEWS - By JIM CHIPP

The well­be­ing of the Welling­ton re­gion will be as­sessed in a dif­fer­ent way in fu­ture. In­stead of us­ing gross do­mes­tic prod­uct, Welling­ton Re­gional Coun­cil will in fu­ture use the gen­uine progress in­dex.

The first assess­ment of progress be­tween 2001 and 2010 went on­line on the Greater Welling­ton Re­gional Coun­cil web­site last week. The GDP method as­sumes the num­ber of prod­ucts, goods and ser­vices pur­chased re­flect the well­be­ing of so­ci­ety.

One fail­ing is that it reg­is­ters as ben­e­fits ac­tiv­i­ties which cost money but are oth­er­wise detri­men­tal, such as smok­ing.

The GPI takes into ac­count as­pects of so­cial, eco­nomic, en­vi­ron­men­tal and cul­tural well­be­ing.

The coun­cil re­leased the first re­port un­der the new sys­tem this month. It found the re­gion had im­proved 5 per cent over­all in the last decade, but so­cial well­be­ing had not im­proved and health had de­clined.

Greater Welling­ton re­gional strat­egy project leader Me­lanie Thorn­ton said the new in­dex would help to for­mu­late the Welling­ton re­gional strat­egy.

‘‘What we are hop­ing to do is that this gen­uine progress in­dex will help in­form long-term plan­ning, look­ing at some of the ar­eas where some of the re­sults were not that good, and also ar­eas where we can work with other or­gan­i­sa­tions.’’

Asked what dif­fer­ence the in­dex would make to the coun­cil’s plan­ning, Ms Thorn­ton gave the ex­am­ple of health.

‘‘Ob­vi­ously we are do­ing a lot of work with sustainable and ac­tive trans­port,’’ Ms Thorn­ton said.

Ac­cord­ing to the re­port, some things im­proved: en­tre­pre­neur­ial and in­no­va­tive com­mu­nity, en­vi­ron­ment and the con­nect­ed­ness of com­mu­ni­ties.

Oth­ers did not change: so­cial well­be­ing, sense of place, life­style qual­ity, cul­tural well­be­ing, and strong and tol­er­ant com­mu­ni­ties.

Eco­nomic well­be­ing was higher in 2010 than in 2001, but lower than in 2008.

Com­mu­nity pros­per­ity de­clined from 2001 to 2002, in­creased un­til 2008 but steadily de­creased in the last two years.

The healthy com­mu­nity GPI has in­creased re­cently but re­mains lower in 2010 than 2001.

To view the re­port, visit gpi­welling­ton­re­gion. govt. nz, click on Pub­li­ca­tions , and click on ‘‘ Welling­ton Re­gion Gen­uine Progress In­dex’’.

Tawa Com­mu­nity The­atre pres­i­dent Ross Ped­der and Sue Miller sort through bags of the few cos­tumes that sur­vived the fire at its Kowhai Park hut ear­lier this year. The troupe has be­gun the long job of res­ur­rect­ing the stor­age hut, one end of which was de­stroyed. The builders, painters and elec­tri­cians have done their bit and now the­atre mem­bers have be­gun to group to­gether all the sur­viv­ing props, pieces of set and the re­main­ing wardrobe. The wardrobe section was the worst af­fected and most was lost, but what re­mains has been com­mer­cially cleaned, courtesy of the insurance com­pany, and now re­quires sort­ing, la­belling and hang­ing. A stor­age unit full of gear re­mains to be gone through for ‘‘keep, toss and maybe’’ con­sid­er­a­tion.

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