Data and statistics on activity levels for New Zealand adults and children.
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
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).
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.
In the Youth’12 survey, only 10% of secondary school students met the current recommendations of 60 minutes of physical activity daily.