Social connections

The data in this indicator is no longer being updated.

Stats NZ is developing well-being indicators, Indicators Aotearoa New Zealand - Ngā Tūtohu Aotearoa, to track New Zealand’s progress. As the well-being indicators have similar aims to the NZ Progress Indicators and NZ Social Indicators, we are reviewing the future of these existing indicators.

Please contact us at info@stats.govt.nz if you have any questions.

Why is this important for social statistics?

Social connections are important because the relationships people have with others can benefit individuals and society.

Social connections include relationships with family, friends, neighbours, as well as connections people make through paid work, sport and other leisure activities, or through voluntary work or community service.

  • Contact with friends and family

    The proportion of people aged 15 years and over who said the amount of contact they have with friends and family who don’t live with them is ‘about right’.
  • Contact between young people and their parents

    The proportion of secondary school students aged 12 to18 years who said they get enough time with their mum and/or dad (or someone who acts as their mum and/or dad), most of the time.
  • Loneliness

    The proportion of people aged 15 years and over who reported feeling isolated from others in the last four weeks.
  • Telephone and Internet access in the home

    The proportion of the population with telephone and Internet access in the home.
  • Voluntary work

    The proportion of the population aged 15 years and over who reported having done voluntary work for a group or organisation in the last four weeks.
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