Social Capital

Confidence in agencies

The confidence people have in their central and local government agencies tends to influence whether they participate in and engage with consultations and other decision-making processes. In 2018, Canterbury Wellbeing Survey [32] respondents were asked about the confidence they have in decisions made by central and local government.

This indicator presents the proportion of those 18 years and over agreeing or strongly agreeing that central and local government agency decisions are in the best interests of their city or district, as reported in the 2018 Canterbury Wellbeing Survey.

The figure shows that a lower proportion (33.6%) of Christchurch City respondents agree or strongly agree that decisions made by central and local government agencies are in the best interests for their city or district, compared to Waimakariri District respondents (38.9%) and Selwyn District respondents (38.3%). However, the differences are not statistically significant.

The figure shows that respondents in the Pacific/Asian/Indian ethnic group were statistically significantly more likely than Māori respondents and European respondents to agree or strongly agree that central and local government agencies make decisions in the best interests of their city or district (43.7%; 27.3%; and 34.1% respectively). Māori respondents were the least likely to have confidence in central and local government agencies’ decision making.

The figure shows no obvious pattern or statistically significant differences across the age groups, in the proportion of respondents who agree or strongly agree that central and local government agencies make decisions in the best interests of their city or district.

The figure shows no statistically significant difference between the proportions of male respondents and female respondents who agree or strongly agree that central and local government agencies make decisions in the best interests of their city or district.

The figure shows no obvious pattern or statistically significant differences across the household income groups in the proportion of respondents who agree or strongly agree that central and local government agencies make decisions in the best interests of their city or district.

The figure shows that a statistically significantly smaller proportion of respondents with a long-term health condition or disability agree or strongly agree that central and local government agencies make decisions in the best interests of their city or district, compared with respondents without a long-term health condition or disability (27.4% and 36.6%, respectively).

Data Sources

Source: Canterbury District Health Board.
Survey/data set: Canterbury Wellbeing Survey to 2018. Access publicly available data from the Community and Public Health (Canterbury DHB) website www.cph.co.nz/your-health/wellbeing-survey/
Source data frequency: Annually.

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Updated: 21/11/2018