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Summary
  • Total household income had the single largest effect on whether a household would be connected to the Internet, with the proportion of households having Internet access rising with total income.
  • The proportion of households with personal computers increased with income, as did Internet expenditure.
  • Highest qualification was the second most important variable determining whether a household would be connected to the Internet.
  • One-person households and one-parent households with dependent children were less likely than all other household types to access the Internet at home.
  • Fifty percent of households containing two children under the age of 15 were connected to the Internet, while only one in three households with no children was connected.
  • Age was an important variable in determining access to the Internet, with access levels declining significantly in the older age groups.
  • Households with a youngest occupant in the age group 10–14 years were the most likely to have access to the Internet (56 percent).
  • The proportion of households with a home computer peaked at 63 percent for households with at least one person in the 45–54 age group.
  • Households with at least one person who identified as Asian were more likely than all other households analysed by ethnicity to record having a home computer and report Internet expenditure.
  • When the effects of income were removed, household Internet access was the same regardless of whether the occupants were in full-time or part-time employment (42 percent).
  • The Auckland and Wellington regions had the greatest proportion of households with Internet access (44 percent), while the West Coast and Gisborne regions were the least connected (25 percent).
  • Households situated in the minor urban areas of New Zealand were the least likely to benefit from opportunities associated with access to the Internet, with only 25 percent of them connected.
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