Sense of purpose among people in New Zealand
Rated on a 0-10 scale, by region, 2016, % of population within group
% of population within group
|Auckland||0 to 6||13.3%|
|Canterbury||0 to 6||12.3%|
|Northland, Bay of Plenty, Gisborne||0 to 6||12%|
|Northland, Bay of Plenty, Gisborne||10||31.2%|
|Northland, Bay of Plenty, Gisborne||7||13%|
|Northland, Bay of Plenty, Gisborne||8||27.5%|
|Northland, Bay of Plenty, Gisborne||9||16.4%|
|Rest of North Island||0 to 6||12.5%|
|Rest of North Island||10||27.8%|
|Rest of North Island||7||14.7%|
|Rest of North Island||8||26.6%|
|Rest of North Island||9||18.4%|
|Rest of South Island||0 to 6||11.4%|
|Rest of South Island||10||22.9%|
|Rest of South Island||7||16.2%|
|Rest of South Island||8||31.4%|
|Rest of South Island||9||18.1%|
|Wellington||0 to 6||12%|
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Limitations of the data
Data with high sampling errors should be used with caution. Estimates with high relative sampling errors (RSEs) between 50 and 100 percent are considered unreliable for most uses.
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New Zealand General Social Survey: Well-being measures 2016
How to find the data
Under Downloads, select 'Well-being Statistics: 2016 – well-being measures CSV (65kB)'
Import & extraction details
File as imported: New Zealand General Social Survey: Well-being measures 2016
From the dataset New Zealand General Social Survey: Well-being measures 2016, this data was extracted:
- Rows: 2-2,548
- Columns: 7-9
- Provided: 7,641 data points
This data forms the table Society - Well-being measures 2016.
Dataset originally released on:
July 20, 2017
Purpose of collection
The New Zealand General Social Survey (NZGSS) produces statistics about social well-being to inform decision-making by government agencies and the wider community. Data gathered includes objective information about circumstance, such as labour force status and income, as well as a personal assessment of different aspects of New Zealander's lives, such as life satisfaction, health, housing, human rights, and relationships. In particular, the survey provides a view of how well-being outcomes vary across different groups within the population.
Method of collection/Data provider
Stats NZ use household and personal questionnaires to collect the data. One individual in the household completes the household questionnaire, which collects information about all the usually resident people in that household (eg family relationships and household income). We randomly select one individual in the household aged 15 years or over to answer the personal questionnaire.
The survey period for the survey is therefore April to November 2016, then January to April 2017. The sample size was approximately 12,000 households.