Local Govt | National News Video | Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Search

 


NZ a great place to live but …


NZ a great place to live but …

Survey suggests Kiwis are letting their hearts rule their wallets

While an overwhelming number of Kiwis are proud to be living in New Zealand, many doubt it is the smart thing to do financially, according to a survey released today.

Of the 2,000 polled in Westpac’s Waitangi Day Kiwi Perspectives survey*, 93% said they were proud to be living in New Zealand and more than half felt the economy is improving. However, asked about their own financial position, 46% said they were feeling the financial pinch or were over-committed and respondents were split on whether the economy provided the opportunities to be financially independent and have the career they want.

That uncertainty was also reflected in an emphasis on saving. Two thirds of respondents nominate increasing their savings as one of their main financial goals, and 90% are not considering any personal borrowing (not including home loans) in the coming year.

Mark Fitz-Gerald, Westpac’s General Manager of Business Banking, said adopting and acting on the savings message was a good change in the Kiwi culture, but the country cannot afford to forget that investing for growth was needed to create a step change in the economy.

“It’s encouraging to see that Kiwis are increasingly determined to live within their means and that they are seeing some patches of sunlight in the economy. But if we want to see that optimism sustained, and justified, then in the not too distant future we need to move to the sort of environment where people believe they can create wealth and help the economy to grow,” he said.

The survey also reflected the significant part housing plays in New Zealand’s financial landscape, with respondents at odds with those who say it has a negative impact on the economy. Asked if they felt there was too much emphasis on owning your own home in New Zealand 54% said no; when asked their main financial goals for 2013, 1 in 10 said buying a house and 25% said paying down their mortgage.

Thirty percent of respondents felt supporting local businesses was the best thing they could do to help strengthen the New Zealand economy, while global market issues were regarded as the single biggest economic issue the country faced.

Fitz-Gerald said the global financial crisis had taught many lessons which had been taken onboard. Kiwis now needed to have faith in the country’s economic potential and start working towards a future based on sustainable financial growth.

Fast facts
• 53% think the economy is improving or strong
• 30% feel buying NZ made and from NZ businesses is the most important thing they can do to strengthen the economy
• 46% feel they are either financially tight with little flexibility or over committed
• 50% rate the opportunities to be financially independent in NZ as average to very poor; 50% rate them good or very good
• 52% rate the opportunity in NZ to have the career they want as average to very poor
• 90% say they do not plan to take out any personal borrowing from a bank this year (home loans excluded)
• 42% say saving more is one of their main financial goals for 2013; a further 22% nominate increasing their retirement savings

*online survey of 2000 NZers

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
 
 
Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

 

Parliament Today:

The Kids: OECD Report Shows Huge Impact Of Poverty On Education

A new report from the OECD has again highlighted the negative effects of poverty, showing that disadvantaged children in New Zealand are more than six times more likely to underachieve in maths than children from wealthier homes. More>>

ALSO:

Pacific: NZ Pledges $500,000 To Help Address Zika

“With the Zika virus now confirmed in a number of Pacific countries, New Zealand is committed to helping limit the impact and spread of the virus in the region,” says Mr McCully. “New Zealand will provide $250,000 as a contribution to the WHO to implement the Pacific Zika Action Plan, and a further $250,000 to enable countries in the region to respond rapidly if required." More>>

ALSO:

Labour: Police Commissioner 'Doesn’t Get Force Needs'

The Police Commissioner has let down the public and his own force by insisting the police have what they need despite it taking a year to solve a burglary and overwhelming number of officers saying they are under-resourced, says Labour’s Police spokesman Stuart Nash. More>>

ALSO:

Gordon Campbell: On The US Pressure To Expand Our Role In Iraq

Foreign news services are being more forthcoming about what the “next 12 months” will entail – essentially, the defence ministers will be under US pressure to increase their “training” role preparatory to an assault on the city of Mosul in northern Iraq. More>>

ALSO:

Parliament Restarts: Prime Minister’s Statement

Our policy agenda and legislative programme will reflect the Government’s four priorities: • to responsibly manage the Government’s finances • to build a more competitive and productive economy • to deliver better public services to New Zealanders, an • to support the rebuilding of Christchurch. More>>

ALSO:

NZEI Survey Report: Special Needs Students Missing Out

The survey revealed that around 16 percent of students were on schools’ special needs registers, but nearly 90 percent of schools’ special needs coordinators did not believe there was adequate support for students and their learning... More>>

ALSO:

Interim Report: Waitangi Tribunal On Ture Whenua Legislation

Labour on Proposed changes to Maori land rules: “To have Treaty Negotiations Minister Chris Finlayson dismiss findings as ‘bizarre’ is totally disingenuous and disrespectful. What’s bizarre is Maori Development Minister Te Ururoa Flavell stubbornly pushing through this Bill before the Waitangi Tribunal has even completed its report..." More>>

ALSO:

Spy Update: Appointment Of GCSB Acting Director

GCSB Chief Legal Advisor Lisa Fong will become the Acting Director of the Government Communications Security Bureau (GCSB) from 15 February 2016, Minister Responsible for the GCSB Christopher Finlayson announced today. More>>

Get More From Scoop

 

LATEST HEADLINES

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Regional
Search Scoop  
 
 
Powered by Vodafone
NZ independent news