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The Wellington Region

Telecommunication access

In 2013, 77.2% of homes in the Wellington Region had access to the internet.

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, as both government and the private sector are increasingly conducting their business, or aspects of it, on-line.

Telecommunication and Internet statistics are also used, in conjunction with other Census variables such as Education, Household Income and Age Structure, to measure of social connectedness.

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.'

Multi-response

Occupied private dwellings

Telecommunications access
Wellington Region20132006Change
Connection type - multi-responseNumber% of householdsNorth Island %Number% of householdsNorth Island %2006 to 2013
Access to a cellphone/mobile phone143,77881.679.1123,03973.771.3+20,739
Access to a fax machine19,62011.113.733,99320.425.0-14,373
Access to a telephone143,18481.380.2150,18689.986.9-7,002
Access to the internet136,01177.272.5105,54963.258.1+30,462
No access to telecommunication systems2,1871.21.62,6311.62.1-444

Source: Statistics New Zealand, Census of Population and Dwellings 2006 and 2013. Compiled and presented in profile.id by .id , the population experts.

Telecommunications access - Totals
Wellington Region20132006Change
Telecommunication - totals - multi-responseNumber% of householdsNorth Island %Number% of householdsNorth Island %2006 to 2013
Not stated/included7,7374.45.55,7243.44.6+2,013
Total households176,133100.0100.0166,971100.0100.0+9,162
Total responding households168,39695.694.5161,24796.695.4+7,149
Total responses452,517256.9252.6421,122252.2248.0+31,395

Source: Statistics New Zealand, Census of Population and Dwellings 2006 and 2013. Compiled and presented in profile.id by .id , the population experts.

Telecommunication access, 2013
Telecommunication access, 2013 No access to telecommunication systems, North Island: 1.6% Access to the internet, North Island: 72.5% Access to a telephone, North Island: 80.2% Access to a fax machine, North Island: 13.7% Access to a cellphone/mobile phone, North Island: 79.1% No access to telecommunication systems, Wellington Region: 1.2% Access to the internet, Wellington Region: 77.2% Access to a telephone, Wellington Region: 81.3% Access to a fax machine, Wellington Region: 11.1% Access to a cellphone/mobile phone, Wellington Region: 81.6%
Source: Statistics New Zealand, Census of Population and Dwellings, 2013
Compiled and presented by .id, the population experts.
Change in telecommunication access, 2006 to 2013
Change in telecommunication access, 2006 to 2013 No access to telecommunication systems, Wellington Region: -444 Access to the internet, Wellington Region: +30,462 Access to a telephone, Wellington Region: -7,002 Access to a fax machine, Wellington Region: -14,373 Access to a cellphone/mobile phone, Wellington Region: +20,739
Source: Statistics New Zealand, Census of Population and Dwellings, 2006 and 2013
Compiled and presented by .id, the population experts.

Dominant groups

Analysis of the type of internet connection of households in the Wellington Region compared to the North Island shows that there was a higher proportion of households with access to the internet, as well as a higher proportion of households with access to a cell/mobile phone.

Overall 77.2% of households had with access to the internet, and 81.6% had access to a cell/mobile phone, compared with 72.5% and 79.1% respectively in the North Island.

Note: Percentages(%) are based on total population

Emerging groups

The largest changes in access to telecommunications in the Wellington Region, between 2006 and 2013 were:

  • Access to the internet (+30,462 households)
  • Access to a cellphone/mobile phone (+20,739 households)
  • Access to a fax machine (-14,373 households)

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