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Wellington makes it possible to enjoy life while getting the job done.
You can be part of a vibrant economy that’s open-minded and globally-connected, yet still collaborative and supportive. And you can do it while enjoying a healthy lifestyle, rich in cuisine, culture and the great outdoors.
With 47% of our workforce in knowledge intensive industries compared to the national average of 33%, it's no surprise we have the highest concentration of web-based and digital technology companies in Wellington. We're home to a long list of creative and innovative businesses such as award-winning screen legends, Weta Workshop and Weta Digital, cloud-based accounting software company, Xero, and game development gurus, Pik Pok.
Wellington thrives on bringing innovation to life and our booming digital technology industry has removed all barriers to local creativity. With a culture that embraces outside-the-box thinking, Wellington is a magnet* for talented tech professionals.
*Magnet is metaphorical. Wellington won’t wipe your data.
We've always known Wellington is a great place to live and work, so it's great to see Wellington come out on top across most categories in the The Nielsen Quality of Life Survey. Pair that with our world-class healthcare and education providers in Wellington, it's easy to see why people love living here.
Wellington was rated the most affordable city in Australasia in the 2014 Mercer Cost of Living survey. We have a median house price of $536,065 (by way of comparison the median in Auckland is $1,013,632 and we’re comfortably below the national median of $612,527), yet are lucky enough to have a higher median yearly earnings than the rest of the nation.
They say you can't beat Wellington on a good day, and they're not wrong! We have over 2,100 hours of sunshine each year, less rainfall than some other New Zealand cities and some of lowest air pollution in the world. Just minutes from downtown Wellington you’ll find a green belt threaded with walking and biking tracks, a sparkling harbour, and a waterfront precinct perfect for a stroll or lunch on the grass.
Our CBD is just two kilometres in diameter, meaning you can walk to most meetings in about 20 minutes. We’ve also got the most well-used public transport system in New Zealand, and the average daily commute is only around 25 minutes. We're also the least traffic-congested city in New Zealand.
We love showing off our creative, musical and sporting talent so there's no shortage of events to fill your calendar. From international sporting events like Sevens Wellington, to world-class artistic productions like the World of WearableArt Awards Show and the tastiest event in the land, Visa Wellington On a Plate - there's sure to be something for everyone.
Yes, we’re the capital city, but we don’t go in for red tape here. Government and enterprise work closely together, with ‘getting it done’ top of the agenda. Plus, as we’re a small city punching above our weight globally, we celebrate each other’s success. We encourage collaboration and partnership and recognise our economy is an ecosystem where we thrive together.