Parks and walkways big contributors to high quality of life in New Plymouth District

04 July 2019

The majority of New Plymouth District residents are happy with NPDC’s parks, green spaces and the Coastal Walkway, according to a new independent survey by the National Research Bureau (NRB).

The phone survey of more than 400 residents found 94% were very or fairly satisfied with the quality of our parks and reserves including the world-class Pukekura Park while 94% were also happy with how easy it is to access the district’s natural environment.

That satisfaction with parks and green spaces contributed to some 76% of residents saying the quality of life in the district was very good, well above the national average of 40%.

The District also scored well on financial management, with 84% of respondents either fairly satisfied or very satisfied with how rates were being invested.

“Our vision is to Build a Lifestyle Capital and this independent data shows we are on the right track to achieving that. Investment in our parks and great community facilities like the Coastal Walkway has been money invested wisely as they are a big part of so many people’s daily lives. It’s also satisfying to see support for how rates are being used as we manage assets worth $2.6 billion and a $155 million annual operating budget,” says New Plymouth District Mayor Neil Holdom.

Other key findings of the Communitrak survey by NRB include:

  • 89% of residents were satisfied with the district’s urban landscapes and streets
  • 88% of people who contacted NPDC in the last year were satisfied the help they received
  • 90% were very or fairly satisfied with Puke Ariki’s Museum
  • 78% were happy with the quality of the district’s roads
  • 84% were happy with the Todd Energy Aquatic Centre and the community pools.

Meanwhile, Stats NZ’s Wellbeing Statistics for 2018 show Taranaki had the highest mean overall rating for life satisfaction compared to other regions. The data also revealed the province had the highest rating for people feeling safe in their neighbourhood and the highest percent rating for residents having enough money to meet everyday needs.

View the full survey here. Please note this will download as a PDF.

Two women walking on the coastal walkway