Time use statistics provide information about how New Zealand residents aged 12 years and over spend their time. This includes details about the amount of time people spent on paid and unpaid work, education, leisure, and personal care, what time of day these activities occur, who they are with, and who unpaid work activities were done for. A large number of characteristics of the people doing the activities are collected including age, sex, ethnicity, and labour force status.
The first New Zealand time use survey was run as a joint project with the Ministry of Women's Affairs in 1998/99. A second survey, conducted from September 2009 to August 2010, was run by Statistics NZ and was designed to be comparable with the 1998/99 survey. The first information from the 2009/10 survey was released on Tuesday 21 June 2011.
For the latest release, the updated Activity Classification for the Time Use Survey was applied to the 1998/99 data to allow comparisons with the 2009/10 data. There are differences between the previously published 1998/99 data tables and data from the 1998/99 survey recently published in the 2009/10 set of tables.
- Time Use Survey: 2009/10
Time use statistics provide a unique perspective of people’s behaviour, standard of living, social roles, work-life balance, and social well-being, which is not readily apparent in conventional social and economic statistics.
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