Across all surveys, both those that were statistically robust as well as those where participants self-selected, there was a high degree of thematic consistency. While it’s impossible to quantify the factors below precisely from survey to survey because of the generally qualitative sense in which they were expressed, they all feature strongly.
In terms of the top ten things that people like most about Wellington, the compactness and ease of getting around were regular frontrunners across the surveys these were frequently followed by comments relating to the natural environment. The harbour and waterfront were often singled out for mention. A cluster of issues closely associated with the vibrancy of the capital – economically, culturally and socially – tended to round out the lists.
A compact city that’s easy to get around
The natural environment and its accessibility
The harbour and waterfront
Cafes, restaurants, and bars
The vibrant and diverse culture
The sense of community
The feel and heritage of the city
Similarly, there was significant agreement from respondents within each survey about the biggest frustrations they face in Wellington.
Traffic and congestion issues appeared consistently at the top of people’s lists of concerns. These were frequently accompanied by comments relating to the ways in which they think public transport – in particular – should be improved to help deal with the problem.
Safety issues for both cyclists and pedestrians featured prominently too, with some mention of parking difficulties for motorists and road conditions rounding out transport themes.
High costs of living and the rising price of housing in Wellington also tended to be a fairly significant concern for many, supporting initial focus group findings.
Traffic and congestion
Public transport issues
Cost of living and housing
Cycle and pedestrian dangers
Social issues and begging
Road condition and maintenance
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