Stats NZ has a new website.

For new releases go to

www.stats.govt.nz

As we transition to our new site, you'll still find some Stats NZ information here on this archive site.

  • Share this page to Facebook
  • Share this page to Twitter
  • Share this page to Google+
Appendix 1: About ELSI data

HES first asked the Economic Standard of Living (ELSI) questions in 2007/08. In 2012/13, we added additional questions which related to problems with accommodation. These questions have been used as the basis for subjective energy hardship indicators.

One person in each household is selected to answer a set of questions relating to material standard of living.

Questions we have used in this report:

Income enough for everyday needs

Question introduction: “I would like you to think about how well (your/ you and your partners combined) total income meets your everyday needs for such things as accommodation, food, clothing and other necessities”

  • “Would you say you have not enough money, only just enough money, enough money, or more than enough money?”

Life satisfaction

Question introduction: “I'm now going to ask you a very general question about your life. This includes all areas of your life, not just what we have talked about so far.”

  • “How do you feel about your life right now?”

Whether bills were late

Question introduction: “In the last 12 months, have any of the following happened to you (or your partner) because of a shortage of money?”

  • “You could not pay electricity, gas, rates or water bills on time?”

Problems with accommodation

Question introduction: “Does your accommodation, have no problem, a minor problem or a major problem with:”

  • “Dampness or mould?”
  • “Heating and/or keeping warm in winter?”

Feeling cold

Question introduction: “I'm now going to read out a list of things some people do to help keep costs down. This is not about choosing to spend less. It is about being forced to keep costs down to pay for other basic things that you need. In the last 12 months have you had to do any of these to keep costs down.”

  • “put up with feeling cold?”

  • Share this page to Facebook
  • Share this page to Twitter
  • Share this page to Google+
Top
  • Share this page to Facebook
  • Share this page to Twitter
  • Share this page to Google+