In this third Wellbeing Budget, we are continuing to place the wellbeing of current and future generations of New Zealanders at the heart of everything we do. This means measuring progress on a broader range of indicators of success, beyond traditional measures like Gross Domestic Product (GDP). This section provides an overview of Aotearoa New Zealand's current state of wellbeing.
New Zealand's wellbeing at a glance
The evidence in this section indicates New Zealanders' overall wellbeing has proved resilient to the impacts of COVID-19. In general, New Zealanders are healthy, relatively financially secure, and well connected to others despite the pandemic.
However, particular groups of New Zealanders are still vulnerable, and long-standing challenges around climate change, child poverty, and housing quality and affordability have not lost their urgency.
Budget 2021 is focused on addressing these issues through substantial investments that will improve wellbeing outcomes for New Zealanders.