A Focus on Nutrition: Key findings from the 2008/09 NZ Adult Nutrition Survey

Published online: 
02 September 2011

Errata 29 February 2012

Estimates of total diabetes have been revised.  The following sections of the full report have been updated:

  • Executive summary, Diabetes section (page xxv).
  • Chapter 8: Nutrition-related Health Outcomes: 8.6 Diabetes and HbA1c (pages 298-300, including Table 8.8).


The 2008/09 New Zealand Adult Nutrition Survey was carried out from October 2008 to October 2009. A total of 4721 adults aged 15+ years participated, including 1040 Maori and 757 Pacific peoples.

The report presents key findings from the survey, including:

  • energy and nutrient intake
  • dietary sources of nutrients
  • dietary habits
  • dietary supplement use
  • food security.

The report also includes results from the examination component of the survey, including:

  • body size
  • blood pressure
  • biochemical indicators of nutritional and health status.

Where appropriate, data were compared to the 1997 National Nutrition Survey to examine changes over time.

Data tables

Data tables from the 2008/09 New Zealand Adult Nutrition Survey are also available

Ethnic groups

Two supplementary reports examining differences between ethnic groups (Māori and non-Māori, Pacific and non-Pacific) have been published.

Vitamin D

Serum 25-hydroxyvitamin D levels were measured, but analysis was not complete at the time of publication. A fact sheet reporting vitamin D levels of adult New Zealanders will be published in March 2012.

Publishing information

  • Date of publication:
    02 September 2011
  • Hardcopy date of publication:
    02 September 2011
  • ISBN:
    978-0-478-37348-6 (Online)
  • HP number:
  • Citation:
    University of Otago and Ministry of Health. 2011. A Focus on Nutrition: Key findings of the 2008/09 New Zealand Adult Nutrition Survey. Wellington: Ministry of Health.
  • Ordering information:
    Only soft copy available to download
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