Te Rau Tira Wellbeing Outcomes Report 2021

We released Te Rau Tira Wellbeing Outcomes Report 2021 [PDF, 9 MB] on 8 December 2021. Te Rau Tira introduces our vision to improve wellbeing for communities in Aotearoa New Zealand.

Our report measures wellbeing through our He Ara Oranga Wellbeing Outcomes Framework(external link), which was developed alongside communities and created with people with lived experience of poor wellbeing. It reflects what people say matters to them.

Our report found that:

  • most communities in Aotearoa New Zealand tend to experience good wellbeing, most of the time
  • a concerningly large minority of people and communities experience persistently poor wellbeing
  • most marginalised groups looked at, such as young people, veterans, rainbow communities, Māori, Pacific peoples, former refugees and migrants, children in state care, older people, rural communities, disabled people, prisoners, and children experiencing adverse childhood events, felt life is less worthwhile, and reported less security, poorer mental and overall health, and greater discrimination and barriers to wellbeing
  • there is a positive story of the growth of Māori collective strength, and oranga / wellbeing
  • at the same time, there continues to be a disproportionate number of Māori individuals and whānau who are not doing well and are experiencing poor wellbeing across multiple dimensions.

We will use our He Ara Oranga wellbeing outcomes framework to continue to monitor, report on, and advocate for improved wellbeing for the whole community, particularly for people with highest need and those who are disproportionately experiencing inequity.

You can read the news story(external link) that accompanies our report on our website news page(external link).


We wish to thank and acknowledge everyone who has contributed to this work, without which this report would not have been possible.

We are grateful to all those who participated in the definition phase of the He Ara Oranga Wellbeing Outcomes Framework that guides this report, including the Initial Commission(external link), the Expert Advisory Group(external link), and the many organisations that provided input and feedback


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