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New Zealanders’ Use of Smartphones and other Mobile Communication Devices

Research New Zealand has just released the 2015 report on its annual Survey of New Zealanders’ Use of Smartphones and other Mobile Communication Devices. This survey was first conducted in 2013 and, therefore, the report notes various trends that have emerged in the last 3 years.

There are four key findings and trends:

  1. 1. Almost three-quarters (72 percent) of all adult New Zealanders now own or have access to a laptop or notebook for their private use (up from 66 percent in 2013). Also making a significant impact on the device market are tablets and iPads (51 percent, up from 29 percent in 2013).

    However, at 70 percent penetration (up from 48 percent in 2013), smartphones are fast becoming the nation’s most popular device. This is a 46 percent increase in three years.

  2. Reflecting the lifecycle of the market, approximately two-thirds of all adult New Zealanders now own or have access to three or more devices (64 percent).

  3. With this in mind, a clear preference is emerging in favour of smartphones, with 59 percent of those with a smartphone and at least one other device, preferring their smartphone. This appears to be at the expense of laptops and notebooks.

  4. In fact, with the exception of smartphones, the daily use of all other devices is trending downwards.

Like previous years’ surveys, this year’s survey was conducted by telephone, with a nationally-representative sample of just over 1,000 New Zealanders, 18 years of age and more.

You can access the report here. The report is necessarily high-level, but customised reports are available on request.

Latest media release

09/05/18 - Beyond the economic value of the international education sector in New Zealand

Education New Zealand has just released a report based on research that we are proud to have completed on its behalf. This research was commissioned to provide an evidence base for the broader benefits of international education to New Zealand.

These benefits include community-based and socio-cultural benefits, as well as educational benefits, resulting from the presence of international students in our schools and campuses and in our communities generally (and their families who come to visit), exposing us to different world views and ways of doing and thinking about things, as well as helping us to connect with other countries and regions of the world.

It also includes direct and indirect economic benefits, such as filling specialist domestic skills shortages, introducing innovation to New Zealand workplaces, and helping to build New Zealand’s global linkages, as well as tuition fees and other spending by students.

This research study involved two main streams of work which were completed between May and July 2017:

  • A literature scan, which reviewed how other countries value contributions made by international students coming to study in their country.

  • Four case studies with New Zealanders who have had actual, first-hand experience of the benefits and contributions made by international students who have come to study in New Zealand (one each on tourism; diplomacy and trade; business and innovation; and education, community, and culture).

To provide context, a brief overview of the statistical information about the international education sector in New Zealand was also prepared.

View the report here


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