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Living standards

Our vision is focused on higher living standards for New Zealanders. Achieving this requires growing the country's human, social, natural, and financial/physical capitals which together represent New Zealand's economic capital.

Proposal for a Living Standards Dashboard

Consultation on the proposal for a Living Standards Dashboard (written by independent wellbeing expert Conal Smith) is now closed.

Treasury Living Standards Dashboard: Monitoring Intergenerational Wellbeing

Treasury Living Standards Dashboard: Monitoring Intergenerational Wellbeing
Conal Smith, Kōtātā Insight

Stats NZ: Indicators Aotearoa New Zealand – Measuring our well-being

‘Indicators Aotearoa New Zealand’ is being developed, by Stats NZ, as a source of measures for New Zealand’s well-being. The set of indicators will go beyond economic measures, such as gross domestic product (GDP), to include well-being and sustainable development.

The indicators will be selected in collaboration with a wide range of stakeholders, including central and local government, NGOs, Te Ao Māori experts, academics, and technical advisory groups.

We are engaging with Māori including at the community level, and will be inviting a group of international experts to peer review our final list of indicators.

How to make a submission to Stats NZ

You can make a submission online between July and September by visiting our website: Indicators Aotearoa New Zealand – Ngā Tūtohu Aotearoa

If you would like to contact us please email

The Treasury Living Standards Framework

The framework is developing as the evidence improves and we learn more about what is needed. This presentation explains the current version of the framework:


Living Standards Framework - Presentation
Presented by Tim Ng, Chief Economic Advisor, The Treasury

A Four Capitals approach

Last updated: 
Tuesday, 26 June 2018