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Southlanders contented with their lot

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Southlanders contented with their lot

Southlanders are a contented bunch, with 9 out of 10 people in Southland rating their overall quality of life as good or excellent according to the latest Our Way Southland Quality of Life Survey.

“People love living in Southland. The survey shows that this is a really good place to work and live,” Community Outcomes Regional Coordinator Dr Aaron Fox said.

Conducted in July and August 2013, the survey asked 1583 people aged 18 and over across the region for their perspectives on living in Southland.

The survey built upon the results of the 2010 Southland quality of life survey and found that Southlanders remain committed to living and working in their region

People’s health, their sense of community and access to education were considered the most important factors contributing to happiness, while family and community were rated as being of very high importance.

The survey also questioned Southlanders about environmental issues, with water quality and the effects of dairying clearly being the most significant concerns for residents. The topics which were most commented on included water quality, general maintenance of the built environment, and the economy.

Dr Fox said the Quality of Life survey provides valuable commentary from a cross-section of the Southland community including those who may not usually voice opinions on council issues.

“This work provides Councils with a snapshot right across Southland of what people actually think about their region.”

The Quality of Life project is part of the regional benchmark monitoring and reporting work of Our Way Southland on behalf of Environment Southland, Southland District Council and the Gore District Council.

The findings contribute to the clearer understanding of social, economic and environmental conditions which are used by Councils and other agencies to describe the quality of life wanted by those living in Southland.

The report is available on-line at: www.ourwaysouthland.org.nz.


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