New Zealand Health Survey: Annual update of key findings 2012/13

Published online: 
12 December 2013
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This report presents the 2012/13 results from the New Zealand Health Survey, for both adults and children. The report includes information on health behaviours and risk factors, health conditions and access to health services. These findings update those published in 2011/12, from what is now a continuous New Zealand Health Survey.

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 2011–2013 New Zealand Health Survey

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Please use the latest and most comprehensive annual results. We have made minor corrections to previously published data. The errors that were corrected are described in the latest Methodology Report.

Overview of key findings

Health status, health behaviours and risk factors

  • The majority of New Zealanders report being in good health.
  • Smoking rates continue to decline gradually, but high rates persist in Māori adults and in adults living in the most deprived areas.
  • Fewer young people are smoking and hazardous drinking levels have fallen among youths.
  • The adult obesity rate continues to increase. In children, the obesity rate remains similar to 2011/12.
  • Adults and children living in the most deprived areas have higher rates of all health risks including smoking, hazardous drinking and obesity.

Health conditions

  • Māori adults report high rates of most health conditions, particularly asthma, ischaemic heart disease, stroke and diabetes.
  • Rates of diabetes are high among Pacific adults.
  • Rates of psychological distress are high among Māori and Pacific adults, and in adults living in the most deprived areas.
  • More children, particularly boys, are being diagnosed with emotional and behavioural problems.

Access to health care

  • One in four adults and one in four children reported unmet need for primary health care in the past year,
  • 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 due to cost among children aged less than six years.

Oral health

  • The majority of children have visited a dental health care worker in the last year.
  • More adults are only visiting a dental health care worker for toothache or never visiting.

Publishing information

  • Date of publication:
    12 December 2013
  • ISBN:
    978-0-478-41572-8 (online)
  • HP number:
  • Citation:
    Ministry of Health. 2013. New Zealand Health Survey: Annual update of key findings 2012/13. Wellington: Ministry of Health.
  • Ordering information:
    Only soft copy available to download
  • Copyright status:
    Owned by the Ministry of Health and licensed for reuse under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International Licence.
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