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Wellington ranked in the top dozen cities for its quality of living

24 Feb 2016

Wellington has the 12th best quality of living in the world according to a new survey but the Wellington Regional Economic Development Agency has aspirations for the city to crack the top 10.

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Wellington has the 12th best quality of living in the world according to a new survey but the Wellington Regional Economic Development Agency (WREDA) has aspirations for the city to crack the top 10.

The Mercer Quality of Living Survey ranks 230 cities on factors such as culture and environment, political stability, personal safety, infrastructure and ease of doing business. For the third consecutive year, Wellington sat in 12th position.

WREDA chief executive Chris Whelan said the 12th placing should be celebrated.

“Wellingtonians can be justifiably ecstatic. This is a great accolade and speaks to the depth of services available in the city and reinforces the view that Wellington’s lifestyle, combined with excellent business and study opportunities, positions us well.”

But it also provides a launching pad for the future, he says.

“Wellington is already a world-class city but we aspire to make Mercer’s top 10 liveable cities and we are looking at what needs to be done to achieve this goal.”

Mr Whelan says Wellington was thriving in many areas - from startups, medical research, and innovative tech companies to world leading firms such as Weta and Xero.

“A feature of the city is its compactness which has helped birth a uniquely Wellington spirit of cooperation and connectedness, making it easier to do business in the Capital.”

Wellington’s lifestyle is augmented by a dazzling events calendar – it is about to go to another level with the start of the New Zealand Festival – wonderful dining, craft beer brewers who are the envy of the country, and an easily accessible outdoor lifestyle.

“It’s WREDA’s role to help ensure Wellington prospers in a way that makes it an even better place to live, visit and do business.”

Wellington also scored highly in the survey for personal safety where it was ranked 9thequal.

“This is particularly important at a time when heightened global security issues and social unrest is uppermost in the minds of many,” Mr Whelan says.

Wellington is the only capital city to be currently accredited with the World Health Organisation’s Safe Community status.

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