This report explores people’s perceptions of the quality of their housing, as measured in the New Zealand General Social Survey (NZGSS). It focuses on the three main problems people reported – cold, damp, and smallness.
The NZGSS collects housing data as part of surveying the well-being of New Zealanders. As well as providing a fundamental need for shelter, housing can affect different areas of people’s lives, including their health, safety and security, and life satisfaction.
This exploratory report examines how housing quality perceptions vary across different population subgroups, with a view to identifying which factors may influence housing outcomes. It covers standard of living, income, age life stage, tenure, family type, ethnicity, and region.
Read the report by clicking on the tables of contents above, or download the PDF from ‘Available files’ (above right). If you have problems viewing the files, see opening files and PDFs.
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.
Two related interactive NZGSS 2010 tables on housing quality are also available:
These contain data on housing satisfaction, housing tenure, and the proportion of the population reporting a major housing problem by ethnicity, family type, and age.
ISBN 978-0-478-40814-0 (online)
Published 18 April 2013