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Three-quarters of New Zealanders have been the target of an online or telephone scam

This is the first report in a series of three reports based on a recent survey of New Zealanders which examined their ownership and use of electronic devices such as smartphone, tablets, and laptops. Conducted online, between February-May 2018, with a nationally-representative sample of New Zealanders, 18 years and over, the survey also investigated their use of and opinions about social media, including their concerns with privacy and safety.

The key results of this report on social media and cyber security are:

  1. Opinion is mixed about the pros and cons of social media – 79% of New Zealanders said they had visited a social media site in the last 7 days; however, 53% are concerned about privacy, and almost 10% disconnected in the last year for a ‘prolonged period of time’, while a little over 25% thought about doing this.

  2. Almost three-quarters of New Zealanders (72%) state they have been the target of some kind of scam, either online or by telephone.

  3. As a result, three-quarters believe cyber security is a ‘major issue’ (76%), with 45% worrying about what happens with their personal data.

You can access the report here.

Latest media release

Research New Zealand wins the Platinum Award in the Community Advancement category at the 2018 RANZ awards

The National Council of Women of New Zealand (NCWNZ) was founded by Kate Sheppard in 1896. The Council is an umbrella group focused on gender inequality, with a membership reach of 300,000 through 20 local branches, 290 member organisations and a growing number of individual members. NCWNZ’s vision is a gender equal New Zealand in which all New Zealanders have the freedom and opportunity to determine their own future.

In 2015, Research New Zealand conducted a pro bono survey about New Zealanders’ attitudes and beliefs towards gender equality for NCWNZ. NCWNZ used these results to inform its White Paper, Enabling Women’s Potential.

Enabling Women’s Potential recommended a number of actions to address gender inequality in New Zealand, including a regular survey to benchmark attitudes towards gender roles and equality. Enabling Women’s Potential argued that an attitudes survey was integral to building a shared understanding of gender inequality and would complement other outcome measures (e.g. official statistics on women in leadership, the gender pay gap, domestic violence, etc.).

In 2017, Research New Zealand began working with NCWNZ to develop a Gender Attitudes Survey. A literature scan of similar surveys in other developed countries was undertaken; however, due to NCWNZ’s broader interest in gender attitudes as a whole, a fit-for-purpose survey was designed.

Accordingly, the final version of the Gender Attitudes Survey was launched in August 2017 and set out to measure New Zealanders’ attitudes and beliefs towards gender roles, gender equality and gender and sexual diversity. More specifically, the research objectives were to:

  • Link attitudes which support inequality to actual inequalities.
  • Inform NCWNZ’s gender equality programme.
  • Establish a baseline in order to track changes over time.

NCWNZ also intended to release the survey results as a crucial focus for their new Gender Equal NZ campaign, targeting the attitudes and social norms which underpin gender inequality and creating conversations in digital spaces about gender.

Our entry in the 2018 RANZ awards was based on the survey, which represents New Zealand's first ever Gender Attitudes Survey.

View the Award entry here. 


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