Derived from the Census question:
'Mark as many spaces as you need to show which of these are available here in this dwelling; a cellphone/mobile phone (that is here all or most of the time), a telephone, fax access, Internet access, none of these.'
Telecommunication and internet statistics indicate the ability of residents in a private dwelling to communicate with people outside the dwelling and to use services provided through these media. Communication information is also used, in conjunction with other census variables, as a measure of social connectedness.
It is widely accepted that high speed internet access is an essential requirement to participate in the so-called "new economy" and households without internet service are increasingly being left behind in the information age.
The data in these household tables is the number of individuals with each type of telecommunication and internet access, rather than the number of households. Household data excludes people temporarily absent from their usual residence on census night.
|Telecommunications and internet access|
|Te Waipounamu - Rohe||2013||2006||Change|
|Telecom and internet access||Number of Māori within rohe||% of Māori within rohe||New Zealand Māori population %||Number of Māori within rohe||% of Māori within rohe||New Zealand Māori population %||2006 to 2013|
|Access to a mobile phone||71,625||88.2||85.0||60,885||82.3||77.9||+10,740||8000|
|Access to a telephone||64,218||79.1||72.7||63,033||85.2||78.5||+1,185||8001|
|Access to a fax machine||9,156||11.3||9.6||15,513||21.0||19.1||-6,357||8002|
|Access to the internet||63,546||78.2||68.8||43,587||58.9||50.3||+19,959||8003|
|No access to telecom systems||1,455||1.8||3.0||1,770||2.4||4.5||-315||8004|
|Not elsewhere included||1,314||1.6||2.1||1,074||1.5||2.1||+240||8005|
Source: Statistics New Zealand, Census of Population and Dwellings (opens a new window) 2006 and 2013.
The major differences between the telecommunications and internet statistics of the Māori population in Te Waipounamu Rohe and the New Zealand Māori population were:
- A larger percentage of responses to 'Access to the internet' (78.2% compared to 68.8%)
- A larger percentage of responses to 'Access to a telephone' (79.1% compared to 72.7%)
- A larger percentage of responses to 'Access to a mobile phone' (88.2% compared to 85.0%)
- A larger percentage of responses to 'Access to a fax machine' (11.3% compared to 9.6%)
The largest changes in telecommunications and internet statistics of households in the Māori population in Te Waipounamu Rohe and the New Zealand Māori population were responses to:
- Access to the internet (+19,959 responses)
- Access to a mobile phone (+10,740 responses)
- Access to a fax machine (-6,357 responses)
- Access to a telephone (+1,185 responses)