Telephone and Internet access in the home

The data in this indicator is no longer being updated.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.

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Why is this important for social statistics?

Having telephone and Internet access helps people stay connected. It allows us to have social contact with friends and family when we can’t have face-to-face contact.

We’re increasingly using technologies such as phone and Internet to interact with the world around us.

This indicator measures the proportion of the population with telephone and Internet access in the home.

  • Image, Telephone and Internet access in the home.

    Most recent data

    The graphs below are interactive. Hover over data points to see exact values. Click legend text to hide or show variables.

    Figure 1

    Note: ‘Recent users’ are those who have used the Internet in the past 12 months.
    See information about this data.

    Figure 2

    See information about this data.

    Figure 3
    Note: A rural area has a population of less than 300. Rural centres are areas with a population between 300 and 999.
    Main urban areas have a population of 30,000 or more. Secondary urban areas have a population between 10,000 and 29,999.
    Minor urban areas have a population between 1,000 and 9,999.

    Information about the data

    Figures 1, 2, and 3

    Date published: April 2012 
    Next update expected: 2015
    Update frequency: Three-yearly
    Geographic coverage: National
    Demographic information available? Yes
    Internationally recognised measure? Yes
    Source: Statistics NZ – Household Use of Information and Communication Technology Survey (supplement to the Household Labour Force Survey)
    Purpose of the survey or data: To measure the access to and use of the Internet by individuals and by New Zealand households. Information from this survey is used to understand how information and communication technology is changing New Zealand’s economy and society.
    Data quality: Household Use of Information and Communication Technology: 2012 – data quality

    Want to know more?

    Statistics NZ – Household Use of Information and Communication Technology – information releases
    Ministry of Social Development – The social report: 2010

Downloadable file:

Excel icon. Telephone and Internet access – tables (Excel, 4 sheets, 40kb)

Includes breakdowns by household characteristics, device type, and a range of demographics.

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