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Percentage of residents perceiving cultural diversity makes their region/city/town a better place to live - Hamilton City

Key points

This indicator measures residents’ views about whether cultural diversity makes their region/city/town a better or worse place to live. Cities are home for an increasing number of people with diverse lifestyles and cultures from different countries. This diversity impacts on how we communicate with different population groups, how they are made to feel part of the city and the quality of life they enjoy.

Baseline data for Waikato regional communities was collected through the 2007 Waikato Community Outcomes Survey commissioned by MARCO and Choosing Futures Waikato. Respondents were asked: ‘New Zealand is becoming home for an increasing number of people from different countries with different lifestyles and cultures. Using the scale where 0 = strongly disagree and 10 = strongly agree, how strongly do you agree or disagree with the statement ‘Your family are knowledgeable and show respect for the many and diverse cultures of the people who live here’ and ‘Your neighbourhood are knowledgeable and show respect for the many and diverse cultures of the people who live here’.

  • Most people in the Waikato Region agree with the statement ‘Your family are knowledgeable and show respect for the many and diverse cultures of the people who live here’ (Agreement Index of 76.5). A slightly smaller proportion agree that ‘Your neighbourhood are knowledgeable and show respect for the many and diverse cultures of the people who live here’ (Agreement Index of 70.0).
  • Many survey respondents said that they there feel are no cultural problems and people are accepted as part of the community. However a relatively small proportion of respondents felt that different cultures were not welcomed by the community, while a few had issues with other races or chose not to mix.
  • Respondents from Hamilton City had a similar perception about cultural diversity to the Waikato region as a whole (on average), rating family respect for other cultures at 75.9 points and neighbourhood respect for other cultures at 69.0 points.

Perceptions of cultural diversity – Waikato territorial authority areas 2007

Graph showing perceptions of cultural diversity - Waikato territorial authority areas 2007.

Source: 2007 Waikato Community Outcomes Survey (International Research Consultants Ltd/MARCO)

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What we want to achieve

The community outcome we are seeking to achieve by increasing the percentage of residents’ perceiving that cultural diversity makes their region/city/town a better place to live is:

  • We are knowledgeable about and show respect for the many and diverse cultures of the people who live here.