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Upper Hutt Leader : September 14th 2011
27 UPPER HUTT LEADER, SEPTEMBER 14, 2011 Our Region News from the Greater Wellington Regional Council September/October 2011 www.gw.govt.nz Lake in regional park one of NZ's best GW takes ownership of rail assets A "dry" summer ahead Spring to the Street Spring at last! Take to the street by foot, bike, public transport or carpooling and be in to win How well is the Wellington region? Can the region's wellbeing be measured? It's tricky -- but that's exactly what we've done... All in all, our region is in pretty good shape, according to a new tool that provides people with a "barometer" of the region's overall wellbeing. The recently developed Wellington Region Genuine Progress Index (GPI) measures our economic, social, cultural and environmental wellbeing, giving us an overall view of whether there is an improvement in the region's wellbeing. So how is the region doing? • We feel positive about our health and life expectancy has improved. However, we're more overweight • We have a high level of support from family and friends, and the region is home to diverse cultures and lifestyles • Environmental wellbeing has improved over the past 10 years • Economic wellbeing improved from 2001 to 2008 but there's been a recent decline, probably due to the global financial crisis Chair of the Wellington Regional Strategy Sir John Anderson says the GPI is essential reading for anyone with an interest in our region's progress. (The Wellington Regional Strategy is a sustainable economic growth strategy involving Greater Wellington and the region's eight local councils.) "The GPI provides people and policymakers with the best information available to measure the region's wellbeing," says Sir John. "I think it'll prove to be of value in helping us make better decisions for the region, now and in the future." The GPI was developed as part of the Wellington Regional Strategy and is based on data from 2001 to 2010. Interested in our region's wellbeing? See the GPI website: www.gpiwellingtonregion.govt.nz The GPI will help us make better decisions for the future Winter's over, rugby party action has begun -- it's time to Spring to the Street! Spring to the Street is an online sustainable transport challenge, free for workplaces in the Wellington region. From 19 September to 9 October individuals, teams and workplaces will compete to make the highest number of "street-friendly" trips on foot, by bike, public transport or carpooling. There are fantastic prizes to be won, including an overnight stay for two on Kapiti Island and lunch for your team at Logan Brown. To register, and for more information, see: www.springtothestreet.org.nz Connect with us! Did you know you can receive Greater Wellington's latest news, events information, photos, videos and more by connecting with us online? Join our online community on Facebook, Twitter, YouTube and Flickr to see what Greater Wellington is doing and share your thoughts with us. There are also RSS feeds on our website for news releases and environmental monitoring, and you can subscribe to Civil Defence alerts. gw.govt.nz twitter.com/greaterwgtn facebook.com/greaterwellington youtube.com/greaterwellington flickr.com/greaterwellington Don't forget to visit our online discussion forum Have Your Say (haveyoursay.gw.govt.nz) to comment on specific topics important to the region and see what others have to say. We hope to hear from you soon. Take the spring challenge WIN!
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