- The majority of New Zealanders rated their overall life satisfaction and sense of purpose highly in 2014.
- Just over 8 in 10 people reported high levels of overall life satisfaction and almost 9 in 10 felt a sense of purpose in the things they did.
- Some population groups had lower levels of both overall life satisfaction and sense of purpose: sole parents, unemployed people, and people with no qualifications.
- Other population groups had notably lower levels of overall life satisfaction but their sense of purpose ratings were still similar to other groups’ – people who didn’t live in families, had incomes of $30,000 and under, needed an extra bedroom in their home, or identified as Māori or Pacific peoples.
- Age differences had a strong effect on the different well-being rates reported by different population groups.
Liz MacPherson, Government Statistician
26 May 2015