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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.


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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