Activity levels in New Zealand

Data and statistics on activity levels for New Zealand adults and children.

Adults

The Annual Update of Key Results 2013/14 found:

  • around half of all adults (51%) are physically active for at least 30 minutes on 5 or more days per week
  • men are more likely (55%) than women (48%) to be physically active for at least 30 minutes on 5 or more days per week
  • 1 in 7 (14%) adults are physically active for less than 30 minutes per week
  • Pacific and Asian adults are less likely to be physically active than non-Pacific, non-Asian adults
  • adults aged 65 years and over are more likely to be sedentary than those under 65 years
  • adults aged 75 years and over are less likely to be physically active than those under 75 years.

The Sport New Zealand Active New Zealand Survey 2013/14 found that:

  • almost 7 in 10 (68%) adults took part in at least 1 activity on at least 3 days a week
  • more than 1 in 3 (35%) took part in at least 1 activity on at least 5 days a week.

This survey asked specifically about sports and recreation activities. It didn’t ask about non-recreational activity, like active jobs or getting to work.

Children and young people

Active transport

Nearly half of children aged 5–14 years (45%) usually use active transport (eg, walking, cycling) to get to and from school (Annual Update of Key Results 2013/14).

Sitting activities

Nearly half of children aged 5–14 years (50%) usually watched 2 or more hours of television a day (Annual Update of Key Results 2013/14), down from 57% in 2006/07.

Māori (63%) and Pacific (67%) children are more likely to watch 2 or more hours of television a day than children of other ethnicities (45%).

According to the University of Auckland Youth’12 survey, sedentary activities are common among secondary school students.

  • 28% of students watched television for 3 or more hours each day.
  • 35% of students went on the internet for 3 or more hours each day.
  • 32% of male students played games for 3 or more hours each day (compared with only 9% ;of female students).

The proportion of students watching more than 1 hour of TV each day dropped from 73% in 2007 to 65% in 2012.

Activity levels

In the Youth’12 survey, only 10% of secondary school students met the current recommendations of 60 minutes of physical activity daily.

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