A snapshot of how many New Zealanders are using information and communications technology (ICTs), and what for, was released by Statistics New Zealand on 27 April 2007. So far a short “Household Use of Information and Communication Technology” hot off the press report is available.
A full report is due for release later in the year, alongside companion statistics related to government and business ICT use.
The survey draws on a significant sample with ICT questions being sent to people completing the Household Labour Force Survey (HLFS) conducted during the December 2006 quarter. 94 percent of households (13,257) and 89 percent of individuals (24,855) completed the ICT questions lated last year. A second round of surveying will be completed in 2008.
Findings to date show:
- 71.6 percent (1.1 million) of households in New Zealand had access to a computer at home
- Nearly two-thirds of households (64.5 percent or 1 million) had access to the Internet at home
- 69.0 percent of individuals aged 15 years and over used the Internet in the previous 12 months from any location (in the December 2006 quarter). Of those aged between 15 and 24 years, 85.5 percent had used the Internet in the previous 12 months, while only 17.3 percent of people in the 75 years and older age group had done so.
- 6 percent of people accessed the internet a community facility.
Whereas Internet is not yet all pervasive, mobile phone use is much more so. 86.2 percent of households reported they had personal use of at least one mobile phone.