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Over one-half of adult New Zealanders believe New Zealand’s record on gender equality is ‘better’ than most other Western countries (55 percent)

In a poll completed in June 2015, by telephone, with a representative sample of adult New Zealanders, 18 years and more, we found that most adult New Zealanders believe men and women are ‘treated equally’ in the health system (72 percent believe they are ‘treated equally’) and in the education system (68 percent), but the level of equality is perceived to be very different in other settings. For example, about one-half believe men and women are ‘treated equally’ in the courts and the justice system generally (59 percent), in social settings (57 percent) and in government policies and programmes (54 percent).

However, the most pronounced differences are in relation to the workplace and in business:

  • While 46 percent believe men and women are ‘treated equally’ in the workplace; 45 percent believe men are treated ‘more favourably’ compared to four percent who believe women are treated ‘more favourably’.


  • While 32 percent believe men and women are ‘treated equally’ in business; 62 percent believe men are treated ‘more favourably’ compared to two percent who believe women are treated ‘more favourably’.

Despite these and other results, over one-half of adult New Zealanders believe New Zealand’s record on gender equality is ‘better’ than most other Western countries (55 percent).

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Latest media release

19/12/16 - Christmas spending plans, religious significance and shifting summer holidays to February

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Every year, around December, we conduct a poll with New Zealanders on a few topics relating to Christmas and the summer holidays. The questions ask about respondents’ spending plans for Christmas presents and the Christmas holidays, whether Christmas has any personal religious significance, and whether they are in favour of shifting New Zealand’s traditional summer holiday break from December to February when the weather is more settled.

This year’s poll is based on the views of a nationally representative sample of 272 New Zealanders, 18 years and more.

The key results are:

  • Fifty-seven percent of respondents plan to spend about the same amount on Christmas presents this year as they did last year, while 30 percent plan to spend less and just 10 percent plan to spend more.

  • One-half (52 percent) of respondents plan to spend about the same amount on their Christmas holidays this year as they did last year, while 29 percent plan to spend less and 14 percent plan to spend more.

  • Thirty-six percent of respondents said they were in favour of moving the summer holiday period from December to February, while one-half (56 percent) were not in favour and eight percent were undecided.

  • Over one-half (52 percent) of respondents stated that the Christmas period does not have any religious significance for them, while 47 percent stated that it does.

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