The latest survey, carried out earlier this year and published today, shows that 85% of Dunedin residents think the city is a good place to live.
Next come Christchurch, Greater Wellington and Tauranga, all at 81%.
The survey also found that nearly nine in 10 Dunedin residents rate their quality of life positively (87%), while six in 10 residents said they enjoy a good work-life balance (61%).
They were less enthusiastic about Dunedin City Council, it seems.
The Rangahau te Korou o te Ora/Quality of Life survey is conducted every two years in New Zealand’s nine largest urban areas – Auckland, Hamilton, Tauranga, Hutt, Porirua, Wellington City, Greater Wellington, Christchurch and Dunedin.
The survey took place between March 28 and June 13 of this year.
The total sample was 7518 and Dunedin had 719 respondents.
Dunedin Mayor-elect Jules Radich said the survey results bolster Dunedin’s reputation as a fantastic city in which to live, work, study and play.
“With marvelous landscapes, valuable wildlife, rich heritage, a highly educated population and innovative businesses, it’s no wonder people love living here,” Mr. Radich said.
“Nearly all (95%) Dunedin residents surveyed felt safe in the city center during the day, while 52% agreed that their current housing costs were affordable. Dunedin scored higher than anywhere else in the country on these two measures.
“While full of positive results, the survey also reveals some areas of concern,” Mr. Radich said.
“For example, only a quarter of Dunedin residents surveyed said they had confidence in council decision-making, while only 28% believed the public had influence in council decision-making.
“Among respondents who felt the city had deteriorated as a place to live compared to 12 months ago, the main contributing factor was dissatisfaction with government/local government.
“As newly elected mayor, one of my first priorities is to restore community confidence in the council and start turning around those numbers.”
Tauranga had the highest overall score for quality of life (90%), followed by Wellington City (89%), Hutt and Greater Wellington (both 88%) and Dunedin (87%).