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Telecommunication access

In 2013, 61.4% of homes in the Whanganui District 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
Whanganui District20132006Change
Connection type - multi-responseNumber% of householdsNew Zealand %Number% of householdsNew Zealand %2006 to 2013
Access to a cellphone/mobile phone
13,10175.779.410,96565.071.1+2,136
Access to a fax machine
1,74910.113.82,94617.524.9-1,197
Access to a telephone
13,61178.681.114,40385.487.8-792
map this data in atlas.idAccess to the internet10,63261.472.88,08847.958.0+2,544
No access to telecommunication systems
3842.21.64832.92.0-99

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
Whanganui District20132006Change
Telecommunication - totals - multi-responseNumber% of householdsNew Zealand %Number% of householdsNew Zealand %2006 to 2013
Not stated/included9635.65.26994.14.2+264
Total households17,310100.0100.016,875100.0100.0+435
Total responding households16,34794.494.816,17695.995.8+171
Total responses40,440233.6253.937,584222.7248.0+2,856

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, New Zealand: 1.6% Access to the internet, New Zealand: 72.8% Access to a telephone, New Zealand: 81.1% Access to a fax machine, New Zealand: 13.8% Access to a cellphone/mobile phone, New Zealand: 79.4% No access to telecommunication systems, Whanganui District: 2.2% Access to the internet, Whanganui District: 61.4% Access to a telephone, Whanganui District: 78.6% Access to a fax machine, Whanganui District: 10.1% Access to a cellphone/mobile phone, Whanganui District: 75.7%
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, Whanganui District: -99 Access to the internet, Whanganui District: +2,544 Access to a telephone, Whanganui District: -792 Access to a fax machine, Whanganui District: -1,197 Access to a cellphone/mobile phone, Whanganui District: +2,136
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 Whanganui District compared to the New Zealand shows that there was a lower proportion of households with access to the internet, as well as a lower proportion of households with access to a cell/mobile phone.

Overall 61.4% of households had with access to the internet, and 75.7% had access to a cell/mobile phone, compared with 72.8% and 79.4% respectively in the New Zealand.

Note: Percentages(%) are based on total population

Emerging groups

The largest changes in access to telecommunications in the Whanganui District, between 2006 and 2013 were:

  • Access to the internet (+2,544 households)
  • Access to a cellphone/mobile phone (+2,136 households)
  • Access to a fax machine (-1,197 households)

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