The Government believes wellbeing belongs at the heart of policymaking.
Budget 2019 Policy Statement
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“Tangata aka ana I te kāenga, te tūranga ki te marae, tau ana.”​ - “A person nurtured in the community contributes strongly to society.”

The government has placed wellbeing at the centre of its social and economic policy. Essential elements of wellbeing are safe and inclusive social environments and well communities, the business of local government.


Become more familiar with wellbeing principles, and how local government can be agents of wellbeing. An opportunity to look at how to orient long term community plans, recreation facilities, public transport and urban development towards a wellbeing framework.


Hear from an experienced wellbeing specialist who has lectured and implemented numerous wellbeing programmes at the local, national and international levels

Workshop Locations in 2020

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WB6: Thriving Citizens in Well Communities: Local government as agents of Wellbeing

It has long been recognised that local government is a key player  in creating the conditions for material wellbeing. It does this through increasing employment opportunities, regenerating the physical environment and strengthening the local economy. But more recent evidence also highlights the importance of nurturing psycho-social wellbeing so to build strong and resilient communities and for its citizens to thrive.  


Wellbeing is much more than a warm subjective feeling. It is determined by proven social, economic and cultural factors that positively or negatively impact on the wellbeing of individuals and communities. Defined as the capacity to feel, think, and act in ways that enhance our ability to enjoy life and respond to the challenges we face, it recognises the importance of culture, diversity, equity, social justice and personal dignity. It forms the basis on which individuals, whānau, hapū and iwi and communities are able to thrive.


Public policy, the economy, community resilience and assets, urban planning, transport, the physical environment and public space are just some of the determinants that impact on the wellbeing of individuals, whānau and communities.  These and other determinants are part of the “core business” of local government therefore council policies, planning and programmes are more likely to directly influence the wellbeing of its citizens, even more than those of central government.


Self-determination, social agency, participation and connection, safe and inclusive communities, social cohesiveness and social capital are key for individual and collective thriving. Internationally, it has been proven that councils who adopt wellbeing principles and apply wellbeing outcomes to their planning and service delivery have been successful in addressing many community issues such as social isolation, community safety, violence, vandalism, graffiti, crime and poor education and training outcomes.

Workshop Description

This workshop will provide participants with an overview of what is meant by wellbeing and the opportunity to explore how local government can be agents of wellbeing. The principles of wellbeing and how they inform and shape council policy, urban planning and service delivery will be examined as well as how a wellbeing focus contributes to addressing many of the social issues facing our communities.


There are several internationally recognised wellbeing models and frameworks as well as local models such as Whare Tapa Whā. Based on the determinants of wellbeing and frameworks it is possible to develop an evidence-based programme logic with clear wellbeing outcomes and indicators and evaluation tools.

The wellbeing determinants, frameworks and outcomes will be covered comprehensively in the workshop including Treasury’s Living Standards Framework.

It will offer a framework for local government to apply a wellbeing lens to its work and deliverables as well and wellbeing outcomes and indicators


Tools such as the Mental Wellbeing Impact Assessment Tool provides a systematic approach to assessing the impact of public policy, resource management and planning and programme delivery on mental wellbeing. A summary of the tool will be given.


Topics covered                                                                                                                                 This workshop would be of value to:

  • Defining Wellbeing                                                                                                                     Local and regional council               

  • Social and cultural determinants of wellbeing                                                                             Iwi trust boards 

  • Local government as an agent of wellbeing                                                                                Public health services

  • Applying wellbeing principles to policy, urban planning and community development               Safer Community Councils

  • Measuring Mental Wellbeing  - Indicators and outcomes

  • Overview of Mental Wellbeing Impact Assessment Tool