Sport - Participation in active recreation among young people, by sport or activity 2017

Sport New Zealand


Sport: activities undertaken in a competition or tournament or informally, and individuals differ in their degree of competitiveness irrespective of how they participate.
Active recreation: all activities not considered to be sport. For adults - physical activity done specifically for the purpose of sport, exercise or recreation; for young people the word ‘recreation’ was changed to ‘fun’ and PE was also included.
Deprivation: based on the NZDep2013 index of socioeconomic deprivation, which combines census data relating to income, home ownership, employment, qualifications, family structure, housing, and access to transport and communications. It provides a deprivation score for each meshblock, NZDep2013 groups deprivation scores into deciles, where 1 represents the areas with the least deprived scores and 10 the areas with the most deprived scores. A value of 10 therefore indicates that a meshblock is in the most deprived 10% of areas in New Zealand. It is important to note that NZDep2013 estimates the relative socioeconomic deprivation of an area, and does not directly relate to individuals.

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Data provided by

Sport New Zealand

Dataset name

Active NZ Survey: Sport and activity tables 2017


How to find the data

At URL provided, under the heading 'SPORTS AND ACTIVITIES DATA TABLES', download 'Sports and Activities Data Tables (Excel, 7.2 MB)'.

Import & extraction details

File as imported: Active NZ Survey: Sport and activity tables 2017

From the dataset Active NZ Survey: Sport and activity tables 2017, this data was extracted:

  • Sheet: Table set 1_Young people
  • Range: B6:BR134
  • Provided: 4,278 data points

Dataset originally released on:

December 21, 2018

About this dataset

Sport NZ’s Active NZ Survey 2017 provides a point-in-time snapshot of participation in sport and active recreation explored through the lenses of age, gender, ethnicity and deprivation.

Purpose of collection

Sport New Zealand (Sport NZ) is mandated to monitor New Zealanders’ participation in physical activity. One of Sport NZ’s functions is to “promote and advocate the importance of participation in physical activity by all New Zealanders for their health and wellbeing”. This includes targeting specific population groups such as Pacific peoples, women, older New Zealanders and people with disabilities, as well as ensuring sport, recreation and physical activity are culturally appropriate for Māori.

Method of collection/Data provider

Young people: an online only approach was used for the survey of 5 to 17 year olds.
Adults (+18 years old): a Sequential Mixed Methodology (SMM) of online or paper self-completion was used to contact a random selection of adults aged 18+ from the electoral roll.