Welcome to Issue 7
In this issue

NZ vs Omicron - Gender Attitudes Survey - NZ Institute of Economic Research - Business Health and Digital Capability - Did you know? - Meet the team
Kia ora
We're well underway in 2022 with a large number of surveys and polls on the go. While Covid-19 dominates the headlines (see our first story), we have been busy conducting research across a diverse range of topics important to many New Zealanders including in this issue, Gender Equality and Business Health.
New Zealand vs Omicron
Are New Zealanders taking a more cautious approach and avoiding activities due to concerns about catching Omicron?
Our latest poll (of 1,001 New Zealanders, 18 years of age and older) has the answers to two questions:
1. Are New Zealanders changing their behaviour because of concerns about catching Omicron? In particular, are we avoiding: using public transport, attending large events/gatherings, going to the supermarket, going to work, using health services or public facilities, or eating at restaurants/cafes?
2. What is the vaccination status of respondents?

"What we are seeing is a form of polarisation – between those who are obviously concerned about personally catching COVID-19 and/or infecting others, and are therefore consciously changing their behaviour despite being vaccinated, and those who are simply just trying to get on with life and return to normality. The significant size of this former group has social and economic implications."
Research New Zealand Managing Partner, Emanuel Kalafatelis

Click the link to read the full results and analysis...
The 2021 Gender Attitudes Survey results will be launched at Parliament soon, featuring speakers discussing the data collected over three surveys for the National Council of Women New Zealand (2017, 2019 and 2021).
Keep an eye out for the launch date and details on our website. www.researchnz.com
NZ Institute of Economic Research and Covid impacts on behaviour
Our Managing Partner Emanuel Kalafatelis is in high demand this month. As well as presenting the Gender Equality research at the upcoming launch, he will be speaking to the  NZ Institute of Economic Research about  "the impact of Covid on people's behaviour".
NZIER is a specialist consulting firm that uses applied economic research and analysis to provide a wide range of strategic advice to clients in the public and private sectors throughout New Zealand, Australia and further afield.
They are also known for the long-established Quarterly Survey of Business Opinion and Quarterly Predictions.
Business Health and Digital Capability
Research New Zealand conducted research for Better for Business at MBIE into the health of Kiwi businesses in the context of Covid-19 in 2020 and 2021. The results are available as factsheets on the B4B website at the links below. As well as a survey on Business Health (pictured below), B4B also wanted to ascertain the digital capabilities of NZ businesses, in support of their Digital Boost resources.
Did you know?
Did you know that Research New Zealand conducts a Public Perceptions survey for New Zealand charities?
By combining the research for a number of charities at once, we are able to bring the costs down for these worthy causes.
And, speaking of causes, it's still possible to donate to the Pacific Tsunami Appeal, via Red Cross.
Research New Zealand has a significant Pasifika staff complement and we proudly donated to the the Tongan Relief Fund at the time.
We invite other companies and organisations who haven't yet to do the same!
Meet the team
Mati Fryer, Research Assistant
We welcome our former Māori and Pacific Researcher Mati Fryer back to Research New Zealand, after a fifteen-year break working in the health sector. Mati will be responsible for the upkeep and management of our customer databases, making sure that they are accurate and accessible, and most importantly, secure.

What gets you out of bed in the morning?
My phone alarm, birds in the trees (we are surrounded by native bush), and lately... cicadas!!

If you could choose anyone, who would you pick as your mentor?
Hinerangi Edwards and Kiwa Hammond.
What's your favourite quote from a film or a book or someone you admire?
"Don't sweat the small stuff"... our brother Richard's saying when he was battling cancer. He was the most positive person I've known throughout his illness (but unfortunately the cancer won).
What's your guilty pleasure, something you like but shouldn't?
Pineapple Lumps and Jet Planes - I eat far too many! If I offer you some when I open the packet, you best be taking some right then - because they will be gone before you get the chance to change your mind!

Mick Finn, Design and Communications
Mick has been the custodian of the look and feel of Research New Zealand, from infographics and reports to social media and our website, for the past three years. Although having extensive experience designing for not-for-profit research organisations such as BRANZ and GNS Science, he claims he is still learning on the job as he applies his skills to the wide range of research that we do at Research New Zealand.

What gets you out of bed in the morning?
The sound of birds in the trees, cats scratching hungrily on the door and our kids waking up and getting ready to go to school.
Given a chance, who would you like to be for a day?
An astronaut in the International Space Station. Would spend all the daylight hours looking at the  earth and the darkside hours looking at the stars.
What's your favourite quote from a film or a book or someone you admire?
It's a toss-up between Carl Sagan "We are made of starstuff", Douglas Adams "Don't Panic" and Monty Python" Always look on the bright side of life". Given that the latter two are a book title and a song I'll have to favour the first quote - here in full. "The nitrogen in our DNA, the calcium in our teeth, the iron in our blood, the carbon in our apple pies were made in the interiors of collapsing stars. We are made of starstuff."
What's your guilty pleasure, something you like but shouldn't?
That second beer after football training.

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