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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)

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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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New Zealandersí Use of Smartphones and other Mobile Communication Devices

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Research New Zealand has just released the 2015 report on its annual Survey of New Zealandersí 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 nationís 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 yearsí surveys, this yearís 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.

National Identity

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At the time of the 2013 Census of Population and Dwellings, 75 percent of people in the country reported that they were born in New Zealand, while 25 percent were born overseas. However, where you are born is not necessarily the country you identify with, and in September/October of this year we measured opinion about this through a nationally representative survey of New Zealanders, 18 years of age and over.

This survey found that one-in-two New Zealanders identified or had an affinity with New Zealand and only with New Zealand (48 percent). A similar proportion (49 percent) had an affinity with New Zealand and at least one other country.

This survey updates a similar survey we conducted in 2011.

New Zealandersí Opinions about Key National Issues

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In August 2011, a Research New Zealand survey examined New Zealandersí opinions about key national issues. This research was repeated in February 2014, March 2014, April 2014 and most recently, in September/October 2014 (with a nationally representative sample of n=500 New Zealanders, 18 years of age or older).

Six key issues were presented to survey respondents as proposed changes. While less than one-half of respondents supported any of those proposed changes, the lowest levels of support were recorded in relation to:

  • New Zealand becoming a republic.
  • Changing New Zealandís official national day from Waitangi Day to ANZAC Day.
  • New Zealand adopting a new national flag.
  • Compulsory teaching of the Māori language in all New Zealand schools.

New Zealandersí Use of Mobile Electronic Devices

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In January and February 2014, we repeated our Mobile Electronic Device Use Survey. This is a survey that looks at the ownership of or access to PCs, laptops/notebooks, tablets/iPads, Smartphones and other mobile phones for private use. It places a particular focus on identifying changes in use between devices.

A nationally representative sample of n=1,001 New Zealanders, 18 years of age or older, was interviewed by telephone for this survey.

When we compare the results with those of the same survey last year, there are three key trends:

  1. There is a growing trend towards people owning or having access to multiple mobile devices.
  2. More people are using Smartphones and tablets/iPads this year than they were last year.
  3. There is a growing trend towards people preferring Smartphones over other types of mobile devices.

Census 2013: A Special Report

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We have released a report highlighting the key population trends following last year's Census of Population and Dwellings conducted by Statistics New Zealand.

Please feel free to open the report, to download it and to send a copy of the link to colleagues, clients and friends who might find it useful.

The Small Business Sector, Myths and Realities

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The 2009 budget reflected the cautionary approach that needs to be taken in these recessionary times. With the potential for 8-10 percent unemployment, the small business sector could be greatly affected, given its importance in terms of employment and key industries, such as tourism.

The links below are to two reports based on research conducted by Research New Zealand on the small business sector. The first report focuses on getting started, the expectations of small business owners, and what makes small businesses different from large businesses.

The second deals with the relationships that small business have with private and public sector organisations, and the challenges and difficulties that small businesses experience remaining in business.

Global Downturn Affecting New Zealand Households

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A Research New Zealand Poll, conducted for North & South, showed the extent to which the global downturn was affecting New Zealand households in 2008.

Some 28 percent of respondents reported that it was having a big impact, while 53 percent reported it had somewhat of an impact. Fourty one percent of those affected reported that the value of their savings had decreased and 18 percent reported that the value of their debts (excluding house loans) had increased. 58 percent of those affected reported that they were cutting back on essentials such as food, power and fuel. The findings were incorporated into an article in the December 2008 issue of North & South.

The results are based on interviews with a nationally representative sample of n=500 New Zealanders 15 years and older, and have been weighted by age, gender and region, to ensure the total sample is representative of the New Zealand adult population. Interviews were conducted by telephone between 14 and 22 October 2008. Results based on the total sample are subject to a maximum margin of error of plus or minus 4.5 percent (at the 95 percent confidence level).

Financial Crisis Bites Middle New Zealand

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Recently, the media have been full of stories about the global credit crunch, the collapse of a number of finance companies in New Zealand and the rising costs of fuel and other basics, such as food items.

Concerned about how this was affecting ordinary New Zealanders, Research New Zealand completed a nationwide survey in March 2008, to assess the impact this was having.

The results of this survey were used by Caroline Courtney, a staff writer at North & South, to write the lead story The Price of Milk - and Everything Else in the April 2008 issue.

Information and Communication Technology in New Zealand Schools

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Since 1993, Research New Zealand has undertaken major studies of the extent to which New Zealand schools have access to Information and Communication Technology, on behalf of the 2020 Trust.

Ministry Of Social Development “The Social Report”

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Each year, the Ministry of Social Development publishes "The Social Report", which provides information on the social and economic health and wellbeing of New Zealand society. It is a wide-ranging report and Research New Zealand has, therefore, written a handy summary of the key social and economic indicators.

The General Public's Views On "Sustainability"

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In July 2007, a Research New Zealand - Clemenger BBDO poll examined the New Zealand public's attitudes towards sustainability.

The aim of the research was to benchmark New Zealander's current awareness, knowledge and attitudes towards sustainability, to inform the debate on sustainability and related initiatives.



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