Capital the best place to bring up a family

Dom Post 5 January 2009

Wellington has come out on top as the best place in New Zealand to raise a family. That’s according to the latest ASB TopSpots report, to be issued this week, which placed Queenstown and the Lakes District the second-best place, Selwyn District third and North Shore City in Auckland fourth out of 50 territorial authorities. Ashburton came in fifth and Auckland City was placed sixth equal with Waimakariri District, near Christchurch. Porirua was placed eighth, with Christchurch ninth and Rodney District 10th.

The report used family-friendly criteria to award points to different territories. Points were allocated for house price affordability in relation to income levels, unemployment, crime rates, health statistics, the number of school leavers with qualifications, truancy rates and rates of tertiary education. It also looked at household deprivation levels, the number of young people living in the area and the number of GPs per 100,000 head of population.