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Waikato Vital Signs

Waikato Vital Signs® is a community check-up that reports on the social, environmental, cultural and economic wellbeing of our communities, joining the dots between statistical information and what matters most to the people ‘living on the ground’.

Vital Signs® is coordinated internationally by Community Foundations of Canada and the Vital Signs® trademark is used with their permission.

The Waikato Vital Signs® 2020 Report can be viewed and downloaded via the links below, either as a full report or in sections, along with the associated data and consultation materials and the 2016 Report.

  • Children and Youth;

  • Strong Communities;

  • Culture and Arts;

  • Economy Vitality;

  • Education;

  • Environment;

  • Health;

  • Recreation and Sport.

Waikato Vital Signs

The purpose of the Waikato Vital Signs Reports:

  • strengthen our collective understanding of, and connections within, Waikato communities;

  • inform and support decision-making by identifying and communicating key priorities and aspirations of Waikato communities;

  • connect philanthropic and grant-making organisations with the social enterprises and change-makers that can address the key community needs and opportunities.

Download the Waikato Vital Signs 2020 Full Report


How are the Waikato Vital Signs Reports created?

The National Institute of Demographic and Economic Analysis (NIDEA) is engaged by Momentum Waikato to collate and analyse existing data from 34 indicators across eight impact areas.

The NIDEA Waikato Vital Signs Consultancy Report linked above is extremely informative, however the final Waikato Vital Signs Report tell the full story as it adds the community priorities, local stories and responses to the NIDEA reports from people who attend the community engagement workshops across the Waikato.

What is the purpose of engaging with the community – why not just publish the statistical analysis?

Statistics on their own are important but don't tell the whole story. Even by putting some analysis around statistics, we would not be getting the entire picture. Engaging with local communities helps to create and acknowledge meaning, capture the narratives of places, and gather communities’ views on their own strengths and challenges.

By having local conversations, we hope to:

  • supplement the statistics with meaningful, compelling and relevant experiences and learning;

  • hear stories that add a qualitative outlook to the more quantitative nature of the statistics;

  • understand the priorities of the communities we engage with;

  • facilitate and encourage discussions which represent diverse perspectives;

  • build relationships within our community that are ongoing beyond the Waikato Vital Signs engagement workshops.

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Hasn’t this been done before? What’s new? What makes it different to other reports?

The strength of Waikato Vital Signs lies in engaging communities around evidence-based trends, and then using quantitative information as a starting point to engage them in a meaningful dialogue about their wellbeing, priorities, aspirations and needs.

Momentum Waikato is the second Community Foundation in New Zealand to introduce the Community Foundation of Canada’s Vital Signs tool – the first was the Bay of Plenty’s Acorn Foundation in 2015.

How often will Waikato Vital Signs be published?

The Waikato Vital Signs Reports are produced every four years, with the inaugural report published in 2016 and the second due out in mid-2020.

Download the Waikato Vital Signs 2016 Report