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Latest special report

Reflecting the diversity of New Zealand's population, many New Zealanders have an affinity for other countries in the world

This survey was completed in August 2018 with a nationally-representative sample of n=1,250 New Zealanders, 18 years and over. It was previously undertaken in 2011 and 2014. A change to an online methodology has meant that comparisons across the three years are not possible.

However, based on the current survey, the key results are as follows:

  • New Zealand's population is becoming diverse, with one-in-five respondents (19%) stating they were born overseas.
  • Many New Zealanders born overseas are recent arrivals. Over one-half of those born overseas (51%) came to New Zealand in the last 20 years.
  • While the United Kingdom continues to account for the greatest percentage of people born overseas (45%), significant percentages are accounted for by Asia (collectively, 19%) and 'other' European countries (9%).
  • 'Less crime', 'less corruption', 'better natural environment', and 'better education services' are key motivators for coming to New Zealand, as well as 'personal reasons'.
  • Given the diversity of the population, one-in-two New Zealanders (51%) have an affinity 'mainly for New Zealand' or 'for New Zealand and at least one other country'. Forty-nine percent have an 'affinity for only New Zealand'.

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Latest media release

No appetite to move the summer holiday period

In a recent survey completed in November 2018, significantly more respondents (52%) stated they did not believe New Zealand should move its summer holiday period from December to February when the weather is warmer than stated that it should (36%).

The results differ by gender and age. Male respondents were significantly more likely to state they did not believe New Zealand should move its summer holiday period from December to February when the weather is warmer (60%) compared with female respondents (43%). Similarly, respondents aged 45-64 were significantly more likely to state they did not believe New Zealand should move its summer holiday period (55%) compared with those aged 65+ for example (47%).

The current results are comparable to the results for 2015 and 2016.

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