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New Zealand General Social Survey: 2012
Embargoed until 10:45am  –  13 August 2013
Key facts

The New Zealand General Social Survey 2012 shows that: 

  • An estimated 87 percent of people were ‘satisfied’ or ‘very satisfied’ with their lives overall.
  • Four aspects of life were important in determining people’s overall life satisfaction: health, money, relationships, and housing.
  • In 2012 an estimated:
    • 60 percent of New Zealanders rated their health as ‘excellent’ or ‘very good’
    • 52 percent had ‘more than enough’ or ‘enough’ money to meet their everyday needs
    • 69 percent had not felt lonely in the last four weeks
    • 67 percent had no major problems with the house or flat they lived in.
  • 21 percent of New Zealanders had good outcomes in all four of these (ie excellent or very good health, more than enough or enough money, never felt lonely, and no major housing problems). 
  • 98 percent of those with four good outcomes were satisfied or very satisfied with their lives overall.
  • 5.4 percent of New Zealanders did not have a good outcome in any of the four aspects of life. Of these people, 56 percent were satisfied or very satisfied with their lives overall.

 Graph, Overall life satisfaction, by number of good outcomes reported in four aspects of life, April 2012 to March 2013.  

Dallas Welch
Acting Government Statistician

13 August 2013
ISSN 1179-5050

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