This report provides a snapshot of the health of New Zealanders through the publication of key indicators on health behaviours, health status and access to health care for both adults and children.
This report presents the 2014/15 results from the continuous New Zealand Health Survey, with comparisons to the 2011/12 and 2006/07 surveys.
You can download the report, list of indicators and data tables from the Downloads section of this page. Results are available by sex, age group, ethnic group and neighbourhood deprivation.
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.
- The smoking rate is decreasing slowly. High smoking rates persist in Māori and Pacific adults and in adults living in the most deprived areas.
- The adult obesity rate has increased since 2011/12. Furthermore the percentage of adults who are morbidly obese has been steadily increasing.
- Hazardous drinking rates have risen again, returning to the 2006/07 rate.
- Adults living in the most deprived areas have higher rates of most health risks including smoking, hazardous drinking, not eating at least the recommended servings of vegetables and fruit daily, physical inactivity and obesity.
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- Rates of chronic pain and arthritis (a cause of chronic pain) are rising.
- Rates of psychological distress (indicative of anxiety or depressive disorders) are high among Māori and Pacific adults, and in adults living in the most deprived areas.
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Access to health care
- Rates of unmet need for primary health care are similar to 2011/12.
- 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.
- Cost is more likely to be a barrier to visiting a GP for younger adults than adults aged 65 years and over.
- Cost is more likely to be a barrier to accessing after-hours medical centres and filling prescriptions, for adults and children living in the most deprived areas, than for those living in the least deprived areas.
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- Māori and Pacific children and adults, and those living in the most deprived areas have high rates of tooth extractions in the past year.
- Most children have visited a dental health care worker in the past year.
- Nearly half of adults with natural teeth visited a dental health care worker in the past year.
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