New Zealand Living Standards 2004
New Zealand Living Standards 2004 not only updates the information in the series’ first report, New Zealand Living Standards 2000, but also significantly expands it by looking into a wider range of factors that can affect people’s wellbeing and living standards. Understanding the relationships between living standards and factors such as life history, personal health and access to childcare will help strengthen the social policy knowledge base, and it will improve our understanding of New Zealanders’ needs for social assistance and ways that assistance might best be targeted.
Moreover, this research has produced a rich source of data that will help researchers, policy makers across sectors, communities and government agencies to develop sound policies to address both living standards and wellbeing more generally. We would like to see this information used as widely as possible to improve understanding of New Zealand life, and we welcome enquiries from people who wish either to extend the research reported here or to use the data to look at new topics and questions.
We are also making available a number of technical documents, including the questionnaires used in the New Zealand Living Standards 2004 survey, reports on the 2004 survey’s methodology, and the weighting procedures used in the 2000 and 2004 surveys.
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