Welcome to Research NewZ 10
In this issue

The Cost of Living Crisis - Cook Islands Language Week - Innovative Young Minds 2022 - Red Nose Day -  Employer Intentions Survey - Wellington Housing Density - Staff snapshot - Meet the team
Kia Orana
Times are tough; costs are rising and the pressure is on. Our very recent poll asked a cross-section of New Zealanders how they were doing, and specifically what cutbacks and sacrifices were being made. The results below are not surprising, but do show how much New Zealanders are struggling.
There's more news in the sponsorship/donations department: the Innovative Young Minds Residential Camp and Red Nose Day.
And you can probably guess, from the greetings here, that Cook Islands Language Week has just been celebrated. Translation tips are below.
Manuia le oso!
Statistics NZ recently reported a 6.9% annual jump in the consumer price index in April - taking inflation to a new 31-year high. We asked a cross-section of New Zealanders if they were consciously reducing spending, and what they were giving up, or cutting back on.
26% of respondents stated that, in general, they were 'cutting back a lot' and another 25% said they were 'cutting back sometimes' while only 9% were not cutting back at all.
People are cutting back on or even cutting out specific essentials such as clothes and shoes, transportation, essential services, food and groceries and even medical care.
 
Last week was Cook Island Language Week and the theme was 'Atuitui'ia au ki te Oneone o toku 'Ui Tupuna' which means, connect me to the soil of my ancestors. At the launch Minister for Pacific Peoples Aupito William Sio said he wants the community to focus on the importance of keeping the language alive across the generations. We joined in with some introductory language lessons and videos from the Kuki Learning channel. Link
Innovative Young Minds Residential Sponsorship 2022
Emanuel and Corrine attended the opening event for the 2022 IYM Residential Week, which included a powhiri, waiata (pictured above right), two excellent speeches by two of the girls, and motivational speeches by the sponsor (Hon. Dr Ayesha Verall) and our Prime Minister (by video), about the importance of STEMM and contributions from women. As a consequence of participating in the residential programme, our sponsored young woman - Antonia Gibbs (pictured above left with Emanuel and Corrine) - like many of the others - has had her mind opened to many other career possibilities outside of those originally conceived of. The programme has an ambitious goal - to dream big, keep options broad and open and to not fear making mistakes - because if you're not making mistakes you're not learning.
Red Nose Day 2022
While we didn't get out on the streets on Red Nose Day, we did wear them virtually. Here is a gif to prove it! And, we donated $1000 to CureKids. If you would like to join us in donating, click here.
 
 
New Zealand Employers Intentions Survey results
Our research in action - check out  the latest MBIE reports on changes in workforce size, composition, and workplace arrangements, for March 2020 and 6 and 12 months later.
Wellingtonians polled on residential development plans
With local elections on the horizon, and a new Council plan to allow up to 66% of heritage housing to be redeveloped, we polled Wellington residents and renters to find out what they thought of the plan. View the summary of the results in the video here, and get more detail from LiveWellington.
Research New Zealand Staff Snapshot
We asked our team some all-important questions, from dogs vs cats to Milk vs Dark chocolate.
Meet the team
Sarah Major, Senior Researcher
Sarah joined the Research NZ team in 2020 after 17 years' experience in qualitative, quantitative and educational research, most recently working  for MMResearch, and previously for TNS (now Kantar NZ).
She has worked closely with clients in public sector agencies, co-operatives, industry training organisations (ITOs), and private sector companies.
Sarah enjoys helping clients to use research to understand their customers better and improve their services.
What gets you out of bed in the morning?
My cat's furry ginger paw and plaintive meow, daughters who need a hand to wake-up, and the desire for a hot shower before those with longer hair have a turn…
If you could be someone else for a day, who would you be?
With wintry weather and challenging times I opt for fantasy - perhaps I could be Lorde at an isolated Waikeke Island bay dancing in yellow with friends on the sand - singing Solar Power!
What's your favourite quote from a film or a book or someone you admire?
I'm thinking of both my grandmothers who lived long frugal sustainable lives, creating, cherishing - knitting, sewing, growing vegetables and working. They were disciplined, conscientious, and wise, always with a sense of humour.
“A stitch in time saves nine”.
Very relevant today, for saving clothes, but also a reminder of acting now to avoid far larger consequences.
What's your guilty pleasure, something you like but shouldn't?
Sneaking up the stairs of the historic Tarrant Dance Studios in Cuba Mall to sneak a peak at my youngest daughter dancing. She's far too old for helicopter parenting, but the studio is steeped in memories for me  - she's the second generation to be taught by Deirdre Tarrant - an inspirational, hilarious treasure and mentor to generations who have gained not just a love for dance but a zest for life and its potential.

Alex Heath, Scripter
Alex graduated from EIT in Napier in 2018, garnering over 3 years  of IT Support and Process Engineering experience at ABB before joining our team as a Scripter.
His goal at Research New Zealand is to help make an impact on improving public services around the community.
What gets you out of bed in the morning?
Three Little Birds,
pitch by my door step,
singing sweet songs,
of melodies pure and true...
If you could be someone else for a day, who would you be?
Elon Musk.
What's your favourite quote from a film or a book or someone you admire? "
In complete darkness we are all the same, it is only our knowledge and wisdom that separates us, don't let your eyes deceive you" -
Janet Jackson.
What's your guilty pleasure, something you like but shouldn't?
Whittaker's Chocolate.