Dunedin residents believe they are safer, more
trusting, and have a better overall lifestyle than many other
New Zealanders, according to a new survey.
However, they are also more likely than residents of other
cities to view alcohol and drugs as a problem and are the
least confident their council makes decisions in the best
interests of their city.
The quality-of-life survey conducted every two years in
Dunedin, Auckland, Wellington, Porirua, Hutt City and
Christchurch shows Dunedin residents are generally more
content than residents elsewhere, with only Wellington people
more likely to say theirs is a great city to live in.
About 82% of Dunedin residents said they considered the city
a great place to live, compared with the six-city total of
Dunedin residents were also more likely to feel a sense of
pride in their local area, with many suggesting that the good
overall lifestyle provided by the city was the key reason for
their pride. In other results, Dunedin residents generally
rated the city's safety extremely highly, were the most
likely to consider that other people could be trusted (75%),
were satisfied by their work/life balance (68%) and were more
likely to believe that cultural diversity made their area a
better place to live (62%).
However, eight out of 10 residents expressed some concern
about the impact of alcohol and drugs, while a higher
proportion than in other cities were concerned dangerous
driving (72%), car theft and damage (66%) and litter (62%)
had been a problem over the past 12 months.
Dunedin residents were also generally less satisfied with
their local council, with the biggest number of residents
(45%) saying they did not have confidence the council made
decisions in the best interests of their city - 64% of those
said their lack of confidence was because they did not like
specific decisions the council had made.
Dunedin City Council general manager strategy and development
Dr Sue Bidrose said the survey was a good indication that the
city vision of Dunedin as one of the world's great small
cities was on the right track.
''...it's very encouraging to see that our residents have
great pride in their city and believe it is just that - a
''We have so few of the housing affordability and congestion
issues that are prevalent in other centres - the key now is
to spread this message as far as possible to people who don't
With regards to areas of concern highlighted by the survey,
she said the council was looking at ways to address them, but
the imminent release of the draft annual plan was an
opportune moment for people to send in a comment on a
specific topic or a larger submission on areas they thought
the council should be spending their budget on.
More than 5000 people, including 587 in Dunedin, participated
in the survey, which was jointly funded by the participating
This year, the project was undertaken using a mixed online
and postal survey method which was different from previous