Perceptions of housing quality by New Zealanders exploratory findings from the New Zealand General Social Survey

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Issue 51 – July 2013

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

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.

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Summarised from Statistics New Zealand's website.

Published in building.