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Well-being Statistics: 2016
Embargoed until 10:45am  –  20 July 2017
Key facts
  • Most New Zealanders are satisfied with life, with around 83 percent rating their overall life satisfaction as 7 or above on the 0–10 scale.
  • 1 in 4 Kiwis had good outcomes in all four aspects of well-being (they had excellent or very good health, more than enough or enough money, had never felt lonely, and had no major housing problems).
  • Kiwis had a strong sense of belonging to New Zealand, on average rating this as 8.6 out of 10.
  • However, they were less likely to have a sense of belonging to their neighbourhood, with a mean rating of 6.5 out of 10.
  • Asian people were least likely to have a strong sense of belonging to New Zealand – about 33 percent rated it 10/10, compared with 44 percent of the total population.
  • Family matters to New Zealanders – on average, people rated their sense of belonging to family as 9.1 out of 10.
  • People in Northland, Bay of Plenty, and Gisborne had higher ‘life worthwhile’ ratings than the average New Zealander, with 31.2 percent rating it 10/10.
  • Pacific people were twice as likely as the general population to rate sports as extremely important in defining New Zealand (49.4 percent compared with 26.4 percent, respectively, rated it 10/10).
  • Pacific people were also the group most likely to have a strong sense of belonging to another country (49.9 percent rated it 10/10 compared with 22.8 percent of the general population).
  • Māori rate Māori culture and cultural practices as extremely important – 1 in 2 rated it 10/10, compared with around 1 in 4 of the total population. 
     

Teresa Dickinson, Acting Government Statistician
ISSN 2537-866X
20 July 2017

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