Welcome to Issue 4
In this issue
Tramping videos save lives | Masks survey | Innovative Young Minds | Public holidays | Meet the team | New office location
Join us at the NZMSC winter safety talk, Tuesday 27 July
Masks and contact tracing survey
With recent discussions on border restrictions and the possibility that the New Zealand government may tighten rules around wearing masks and face coverings and using the NZ Covid Tracer app, we thought it would be a good time to see how prepared we are.
We asked New Zealanders whether masks and scanning should be compulsory, and whether the public are following health guidelines for avoiding the spread of Covid-19 by hygienic mask use, physical distancing and staying home when sick.
Sponsoring Innovative Young Minds 2021
The Innovative Young Minds six-day residential program, for young women in Year 11 and 12 in 2021 at schools in the Greater Wellington Region ran over the week 11-16 July, with the aim of exposing participants to the many research and career opportunities in STEMM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics and high-tech Manufacturing). Each day, the group traveled to a variety of science and technology businesses, research institutes and tertiary education providers in the Wellington region. During these visits, participants experienced hands-on science and technology activities and heard from other women who have built careers and businesses in the sector. In the evenings, the group heard from inspiring speakers, reflected on the day's experiences and got to know the other amazing young women in the group.
Research New Zealand was proud to have sponsored Kapiti College student Kristina Bantilan to attend the 2021 residential program. Kristina has a career in Marine Biology in mind, and was a keen visitor to the NIWA offices.
" Emanuel and I were delighted to have the opportunity to sponsor Kristina. MP for Hutt South Ginny Anderson hit the nail on the head when she spoke about the elephant in the room for many women being confidence. I have no doubt that IYM will be a game changer for these talented young women." Corrine de Bonnaire

Research New Zealand Partners Corrine (left) and Emanuel (right) with IYM participant Kristina (Kapiti College).
Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern invites young women to join the Innovative Young Minds program.

Innovative Young Minds from across the Wellington region, and their sponsors, at the Parliamentary reception.
Public holiday survey
With our new holiday for Matariki on the horizon (June 2022) we asked which public holidays were most popular and what made a holiday valuable...
Meet the team
Ciaran  Madden
Ciaran joined Research New Zealand in 2018, where his aptitude and interest in the more technical side of our survey work quickly became apparent. In his current role, Ciaran is responsible for programming and scripting online and CATI-based surveys, as well as managing databases and extracting survey responses.
We asked him some quickfire survey questions of our own devising....

What gets you out of bed in the morning?
The alarm on my phone, and knowing I will be late if I don't get up when it goes off, because I sleep in as long as possible.

Given a chance, who would you like to be for a day?
Joe Rogan maybe, cause of all the different people he has on his podcast, bet you could have some cool conversations.

What's your favourite quote from a film or a book or someone you admire?
"The army doesn't like more than one disaster in a day. Looks bad in the newspapers and upsets civilians at their breakfast." [from Zulu]

What's your guilty pleasure, something you like but shouldn't?
WWE. [World Wrestling Entertainment]

Katrina Magill, Research Director
With over 20 years' experience conducting research for both private and public sector clients, Katrina is primarily responsible for our large-scale nationwide quantitative research programmes, including customer experience and satisfaction surveys.
Of Rarotongan, Te Atiawa and Ngati Raukawa descent, Katrina is particularly interested in research that impacts on the welfare and wellbeing of New Zealanders, especially Maori and Pacific people.

What gets you out of bed in the morning?
The fact that I can (and my alarm clock).

Given a chance, who would you like to be for a day?
Myself, but 10 years ago when my husband and brother were still alive.

What's your favourite quote from a film or a book or someone you admire?
"Durgs are bad" (survey response from a primary school student who was asked to tell us what they had learnt from their recent Life Education session).

What's your guilty pleasure, something you like but shouldn't?
Putting my foot to the floor in a big old V6 or V8 gas-guzzler.
New office location
Not actually a new location; instead, we've folded our research office space into our call-centre in Panama Street. With staff working from home up to three days per week, we're able to reduce our office footprint by half! Here is the left foot (previously know as the Brandon Street Office), in the process of being dismantled by IT manager Fomai Savea.
Our new office details (as of the beginning of August 2021) are:
Level 6
Panama House
22 Panama Street
Wellington 6011

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