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New Zealand government recognises the benefit of reporting the GNH index

15 Sep 2021 8:43 AM | Jill Johnson (Administrator)

READ HERE: GNH index.pdf


New Zealand government recognises the benefit of reporting the GNH index.

The Gross National Happiness.Today index developed by Stephanie Rossouw (Auckland University of Technology, New Zealand ) and Talita Greyling (University of Johannesburg, South Africa) uses Big Data in the form of Twitter to measure New Zealanders' evaluative mood. The scale of the happiness scores is between 0 (unhappy) and 10 (happy), with 5 being neutral, thus neither happy nor unhappy. Additionally, each tweet's underpinning emotions are analysed. Currently, a distinction is made between eight emotions: sadness, surprise, disgust, anticipation, fear, anger, trust, and joy.

On Monday 6 September, Statistics New Zealand started reporting the GNH as an official indicator, representing a real-time measure for subjective well-being, in the NZ Statistic COVID-19 data portal.

 Please see the link below.

https://www.stats.govt.nz/experimental/covid-19-data-portal?tab=Social&category=Life%20satisfaction&indicator=Gross%20national%20happiness

 

Asked about the accuracy of the GNH, Stephanie said, "Once again, the GNH never ceases to amaze me The GNH captures the events of the past month accurately".

 

9 August – negative impact of the major power cut experienced in the North Island

17 August – level 4 lockdown for NZ

30 August – Auckland to remain in level 4 lockdown for two more weeks starting 31 August

3 September – lone terrorist attack in a Countdown grocery store

 


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