The proportion of people who said they had more than enough money increased from 2008 but was also little changed on three years ago.
Statistics NZ manager Rosemary Goodyear said the survey was designed to go beyond traditional economic measurements, such as GDP, and examine people’s ‘‘life satisfaction’’.
Goodyear said it was striking that ‘‘freedom, rights and peace’’ and the country’s scenery and environment were rated most highly when people were asked what defined New Zealand.
Younger people were more likely to emphasise the former and middle-aged people the latter. Auckland High life satisfaction: 83.1% Strong sense of purpose: 86.7% Wellington High life satisfaction: 82% Strong sense of purpose: 88% Christchurch High life satisfaction: 81.9% Strong sense of purpose: 87.7% Source: Statistics NZ. Note: based on respondents giving a rating of ‘7 out of 10’ or higher.
From the three main centres, people in Auckland reported the greatest life satisfaction but the lowest sense of purpose.