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Safety and security across regions

Information from the NZ General Social Survey about people's sense of safety and preparedness for emergencies. See:

Feeling of safety walking alone

The graph below shows the percentage of people who feel very safe or safe walking alone in their neighbourhood.

Hover over the bars to see data by region for each year. Select or deselect the year(s) in the legend below the graph to change the time period displayed. 

 

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Basic emergency preparedness

The graph below shows the percentage of households with emergency water and food for 3 days, and an emergency plan.

Hover over the bars to see data by region for each year. Select or deselect the year(s) in the legend below the graph to change the time period displayed. 

Note: Data has been suppressed due to relative sampling error exceeding 30 percent or for confidentiality reasons. See details in Table 1 below.

More data and information

Table 1: The percentage of households with emergency water and food for 3 days, and an emergency plan, by region

Region 2008 2010 2012
Northland 15%* 12%* 19%
Auckland 10% 12% 14%
Waikato 15% 13% 15%
Bay of Plenty 11% 18% 26%
Gisborne 20%* 25% 26%
Hawkes Bay 23%* 21% 29%
Taranaki 17%* 11%* 21%*
Manawatu-Wanganui 19% 19% 26%
Wellington 18% 23% 29%
West Coast 20%** 13%** 34%**
Canterbury 13% 28% 40%
Otago 14%* 12% 18%*
Southland 24% 21%* 16%*
Tasman 24% 24% 26%*
Nelson 14%** 14%** 20%**
Marlborough 16%* 18%** 35%
All of New Zealand 14% 17% 22%

Symbols:
* relative sampling error is 30–49.9 percent
** relative sampling error is 50 percent or more
Source: Statistics New Zealand

Table 2: The percentage of households with emergency water for 3 days, by region

Region 2008 2010 2012
Northland 52% 45% 54%
Auckland 33% 37% 40%
Waikato 48% 42% 52%
Bay of Plenty 38% 48% 49%
Gisborne 42%* 54% 54%
Hawkes Bay 51% 48% 58%
Taranaki 42% 40% 44%*
Manawatu-Wanganui 50% 46% 55%
Wellington 51% 59% 68%
West Coast 43%* 31%** 59%*
Canterbury 34% 52% 69%
Otago 35% 36% 45%
Southland 43% 37% 49%
Tasman 55% 57% 44%
Nelson 41% 42% 53%
Marlborough 33%* 47%* 69%
All of New Zealand 40% 44% 51%

Symbols:
* relative sampling error is 30–49.9 percent
** relative sampling error is 50 percent or more
Source: Statistics New Zealand

Table 3: The percentage of households with emergency food for 3 days, by region

Region 2008 2010 2012
Northland 91% 84% 85%
Auckland 84% 86% 84%
Waikato 93% 89% 92%
Bay of Plenty 89% 88% 90%
Gisborne 92% 86% 84%
Hawkes Bay 85% 82% 91%
Taranaki 93% 86% 84%
Manawatu-Wanganui 90% 83% 89%
Wellington 83% 84% 86%
West Coast 84% 93% 92%
Canterbury 89% 92% 94%
Otago 86% 85% 88%
Southland 87% 87% 88%
Tasman 92% 95% 91%
Nelson 89% 93% 81%
Marlborough 96% 97% 90%
All of New Zealand 87% 87% 87%

Table 4: The percentage of households with a household emergency plan, by region

Region 2008 2010 2012
Northland 25% 18% 27%
Auckland 18% 20% 24%
Waikato 25% 21% 23%
Bay of Plenty 24% 31% 40%
Gisborne 40%* 38% 33%
Hawkes Bay 38% 35% 40%
Taranaki 30% 23%* 36%
Manawatu-Wanganui 25% 30% 40%
Wellington 26% 30% 36%
West Coast 36%** 37%* 52%*
Canterbury 24% 41% 50%
Otago 26% 24% 32%
Southland 36% 41% 27%
Tasman 35% 35% 38%
Nelson 24% 30%* 33%*
Marlborough 43%* 31%* 47%
All of New Zealand 24% 27% 33%
Symbols:
* relative sampling error is 30–49.9 percent
** relative sampling error is 50 percent or more
Source: Statistics New Zealand

NZ.Stat 
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Choose theme: People and communities.
Select topics:  Region (NZGSS).

Safety and security
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Published 9 October 2013, updated 17 February 2014

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