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Household Use of Information and Communication Technology

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The Household Use of ICT survey measures the access and use of computers, the internet and mobile phones in New Zealand households. Information from this survey is used to understand how ICT is changing New Zealand's economy and society. 

The collection of this data along with the Business Use of ICT and Government Use of ICT surveys creates a comprehensive set of internationally comparable statistics.

The Household Use of ICT survey is a supplement to the Household Labour Force Survey (HLFS) and was conducted every three years from 2006–2012.

Changes to Household Use of Information and Communication Technology publication and data collection

We have been collecting data on household use of ICT every three years as a supplement to the Household Labour Force Survey (HLFS).

In 2015, Statistics NZ did not collect household use of information and communication technology (HHICT) data. As a result, HHICT statistics were not published in April 2016.

This decision to cease collection of the HHICT survey resulted from a review of the supplement programme to the HLFS. Significant improvements are being introduced to the Household Labour Force Survey (HLFS) in 2016. These improvements reduce respondent burden and assure the continuation of fit-for-purpose statistics produced from this source. In order to ensure these benefits materialised, Statistics NZ sought to keep the HLFS free of any unnecessary burden that a supplement, such as the HHICT Survey, might add.

HHICT sector data currently compiled or held by Statistics NZ includes:

  • 2013 Census – household cellphone and internet access
  • Household Economic Survey: Year ended June 2013 – household ICT spending
  • New Zealand General Social Survey: 2014 – individuals’ perceptions of internet safety for online transactions

We will keep you updated on our investigations into sourcing and using supplementary ICT data sources.

We don’t yet have a timetable or estimation of progress on this.

If you have any questions, please contact info@stats.govt.nz.

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