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New Zealanders Plan for Y2K

Seventy five per cent of New Zealanders are preparing for possible Y2K interruptions according to the latest Y2K Readiness Commission’s public opinion research released today.

Commission Deputy Chairman, David Henry, said this was very pleasing, however, it is important people do not become complacent in the next few months.

“Virtually every New Zealander (99%) is now aware of the Y2K problem and many have acted to ensure they will be prepared. Over half of all respondents (55%) said they have already planned, and a further 20% say they will definitely make plans. This means that three-quarters of all New Zealanders will have a plan to manage any possible interruptions.

“This is a significant improvement from June when 59% of respondents said they had made, or would make, plans.

“There are,10% who say they will make plans when more information is available and 14% who say they do not intend to do anything.

“Those who are planning to prepare are doing so in accordance with our guidelines. The survey shows that people are gathering:

 Emergency lights (eg torches) (95%)
 Bucket and plastic bags (89%)
 Stored food (87%)
 First aid kit (86%)
 Something to cook on (79%)
 Personal medication (75%).

“Other items included battery operated radios, spare batteries, pet food and stored water.”

The research study showed that most people believe any problems experienced because of Y2K will be fixed in five days or less.

Commission Director, Clare Pinder, says the Commission will be concentrating on urging New Zealanders to put their plans into action as soon as possible.

“Many people are saying they will complete their plans in November or December. But the sooner people prepare, the better”, Clare Pinder said. “Please don’t leave it until the last minute.”

“The Readiness Commission will issue a second household mailer in early November and will continue its successful television and radio advertising through to December.”

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