News Video | Policy | GPs | Hospitals | Medical | Mental Health | Welfare | Search


Quitting and not starting – smoking in New Zealand decreases

Quitting and not starting – smoking in New Zealand decreases – Media release

10 December 2013

Fewer New Zealanders are lighting up, with the number of smokers dropping by nearly a quarter since the last census, new results from Statistics New Zealand show.

According to numbers released today from the 2013 Census, there are now 463,000 adult smokers, a drop of 23 percent from 598,000 at the last census in 2006. That means 15 percent of the adult population smokes.

“There are also 65,000 more people describing themselves as former smokers than in 2006,” Census Statistics Manager Gareth Meech said. “There are now 702,000 people who say they have given up smoking.”

Also released today was data on a wide variety of subjects including dwellings, occupation, religion, and travel to work. Other highlights include:

• The number of people who said they have no religion increased 26 percent to 1.6 million. At the same time, the number of people affiliating with Christian religions fell 8 percent to 1.9 million. Of the largest religions, Catholic, Anglican, and Presbyterian all decreased, while Hindu, Islam, and Pentecostal increased.
• Over 64,000 people took the bus to work on 5 March 2013 – an increase of 8 percent since the same day in 2006. The number of people who took the train increased 25 percent to 25,000, while the number of people using motorcycles increased 33 percent to 26,000. The number of cyclists increased 16 percent to 44,000.
• Over one million people drove a car to work, but the increase between 2006 and 2013 was only 2 percent, compared with the 17 percent increase seen between 2001 and 2006.
• Sales assistant was the most common occupation, followed by sales representative, general clerk, and chief executive or managing director. Some of the most common occupations that saw large increases since 2006 were software engineers, office managers, and early childhood teachers.
• The number of people who volunteered through an organisation, group, or marae increased 7 percent to 469,000.

These statistics are part of today’s release of 2013 Census totals by topic, which has information on a wide variety of subjects, including dwellings, age group, religion, industry, and occupation groups. This information contains national figures – further breakdowns, such as by age or region, will be progressively released from early 2014.


© Scoop Media

Culture Headlines | Health Headlines | Education Headlines


Christchurch: Fixing Town Hall Means Performing Arts Precinct Rethink

Christchurch City Council’s decision to spend $127.5 million fixing the Town Hall means not all the land currently designated for the city’s Performing Arts Precinct is required, Canterbury Earthquake Recovery Minister Gerry Brownlee says. More>>


With Hunters & Collectors: The Rolling Stones Announce New Auckland Date

It’s the news New Zealand has been waiting for. The Rolling Stones today confirmed the rescheduled dates and venues for both the Australian and New Zealand legs of their highly anticipated ’14 On Fire’ tour. Now, Frontier Touring is also delighted ... More>>


Flying Things: Conchords, Pretties Help BATS Fly Home

The launch of BATS theatre’s fundraising campaign has taken off – with a bit of help from their friends. And with friends like theirs… An event last night hosted by Te Radar at Wellington’s latest waterfront venue, Shed 6, featured Fly My Pretties and, in a dream-come-true scenario, Flight of the Conchords. More>>


Environment: Zoo’s Own Wētā Workshop Produces Rare Giants For Release

Following unprecedented breeding and rearing success, Auckland Zoo is today releasing 150 of New Zealand’s largest giant wētā, the wētā punga, onto pest-free Motuora Island in the Hauraki Gulf. A further 150 will be released onto Tiritiri Matangi next month. More>>

Girls On Film: Divergent Hits The Big Screen

n January, Catching Fire (the second film in the Hunger Games series) not only became the biggest US box office success of 2013 : it also became the first film starring a female actor (ie. Jennifer Lawrence) to top the annual domestic earnings chart since The Exorcist, 40 years ago. More>>


Wellington.Scoop: No Travel Sanctions For Russian Billionaire’s Superyacht

On the same day that New Zealand announced travel sanctions against selected Russians, a Russian billionaire’s superyacht berthed in Wellington Harbour. More>>


Mental Health: UC Researchers Believe Robots Can Persuade People To Conform

A team of University of Canterbury (UC) researchers and scientists believe robots can persuade people to conform through group pressure... ``Our results showed that robots can induce conformity but to a significantly lesser degree than humans." More>>

NZ On Air: Local Content Holds Steady At 32% Of Television Schedules

Since 1989 NZ On Air has measured local free-to-air television content. The report compares the schedules of the six national free-to-air channels, to observe trends and changes in the local content landscape. More>>

Arts Fest: 2014 New Zealand Festival A Spectacular Celebration

The New Zealand Festival welcomed the world to Wellington over 24 days (21 Feb – 16 Mar) of arts events across the city. “[current figures show] slight increase on the 110,000 tickets issued in 2012. It’s a great result.” More>>

Get More From Scoop



Search Scoop  
Powered by Vodafone
NZ independent news