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Perceptions of housing quality by New Zealanders

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Most New Zealanders report no major problems with their homes, but others are finding them cold, damp, or small, Statistics New Zealand said today.

The findings from the 2010 New Zealand General Social Survey (NZGSS) show that 15 percent of New Zealanders feel they live in cold houses, 10 percent believe their house is damp, and 11 percent find their house too small. However, overall just under two-thirds of people reported no major problems at all with their homes.

The NZGSS surveyed over 8,550 New Zealanders from April 2010 until March 2011 about their well-being, covering a wide range of social and economic factors.

“This report is about people’s perceptions of the condition of the house or flat they live in. We are doing some analysis in this area because of the high level of interest in housing from the people who live in the houses, and from government and support agencies who want to know how well housing suits people’s needs,” principal statistician Paul Brown said.

“Interestingly, we didn’t find a strong relationship between the problems people say their homes have, and how satisfied those people are with their lives overall.”

Other housing findings from the NZGSS are:

  • Renters are more than twice as likely as owner-occupiers to say they live in cold, damp, or small houses.
  • Families with children, and particularly sole parents, are more likely than other family types to report living in cold, damp, or small houses.
  • A higher-than-average proportion of Māori and Pacific people say they live in cold, damp, or small houses.

The NZGSS is run every two years. The 2010 survey was collecting data at the time of the September 2010 and February 2011 earthquakes, although only a small amount of data was collected in Canterbury following the February quake. The survey results do not reflect the current housing situation in Canterbury.

“We’ve now finished collecting information for the 2012 survey. It will be interesting to see if perceived housing quality has changed in the past two years once that data’s been processed,” Mr Brown said.

See the full report: Perceptions of housing quality in 2010/11.

Two related interactive NZGSS tables are also available:

New Zealand families living in houses they find too cold, 2010/11

Our infographic New Zealand families living in houses they find too cold 2010/11 shows the percentage of people from two different family types that said their houses were too cold. 
 

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Wellington 04 931 4630 or 021 285 9191
Email: info@stats.govt.nz

Published 18 April 2013

Authorised by:
Geoff Bascand
Government Statistician

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