This report provides a snapshot of the health of New Zealanders through the publication of 48 key indicators on health behaviours, health status and access to health care for both adults and children.
This report presents the 2013/14 results from the continuous New Zealand Health Survey, with comparisons to the 2012/13 and 2006/07 surveys.
You can download the report and data tables from the Downloads section of this page. Results are available by sex, age group, ethnic group and neighbourhood deprivation.
These statistics are supplemented by the Regional results from the 2011–2014 New Zealand Health Survey
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We have made minor corrections to previously published data. Please use the Annual Update of Key Results 2015/16: New Zealand Health Survey and the accompanying data tables for estimates for 2011/12, 2012/13, 2013/14 and 2014/15. The errors that were corrected are described in the Methodology Report 2015/16: New Zealand Health Survey.
Overview of key findings
Health status, health behaviours and risk factors
- The majority of New Zealanders report being in good health.
- High smoking rates persist in Māori adults and in adults living in the most deprived areas.
- The adult and child obesity rates are similar to 2012/13.
- Hazardous drinking rates are highest in young people.
- Adults and children living in the most deprived areas have higher rates of all health risks including smoking, hazardous drinking and obesity.
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- Māori adults report high rates of most health conditions, particularly diabetes and asthma.
- Rates of diabetes are high among Pacific adults.
- Rates of diagnosed mental health conditions are rising.
- Rates of psychological distress are high among Māori and Pacific adults, and in adults living in the most deprived areas.
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Access to health care
- Levels of any type of unmet need for primary health care are similar to 2012/13.
- Unmet need for primary health care is more common among Māori and Pacific adults and children, and in those living in the most deprived areas.
- There are low rates of unmet need for GP visits and after-hours services due to cost among children aged less than 6 years.
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- The majority of children have visited a dental health care worker in the last year.
- Half of adults with natural teeth visited a dental health care worker in the last year, an increase on 2012/13.
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