The report measures progress in regional New Zealand around four indicators: people and populations, work and incomes, the wellbeing of children and the presence of social and other hazards. The results of regional wellbeing are mixed but they do point to parts of New Zealand where a significant group of people are struggling to achieve social and economic wellbeing.
The report calls for a threefold national response:
• the development of national sustainability goals which ensure the progress of all regions
• a national plan to meet the challenges of an aging population, resource scarcity and rising inequality in the regions
• accelerating the adoption of new technologies and social arrangements, which more particularly benefit the regions presently struggling.