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Ashburton District Council

Telecommunication access

In 2018, 77.3% of homes in Ashburton District Council 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.

Please note: Stats NZ has given Access to telecommunication systems data for the 2018 Census a quality rating of "moderate". This indicates there may be some minor issues looking at the comparisons to 2013 and 2006. Users should avoid concluding that any change in the categories is purely due to real world change. See Stats NZ’s DataInfo+ for specific information on what this rating means and recommendations for use.

Q:

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, a telephone, internet access'

Multi-response

Note: This page includes data from the 2018 Census. Between 2013 and 2018, the geographical classification was changed, and with it many boundaries were altered. As a result, you may see different small area options when comparing to pages that do not yet show 2018 data. Learn more.

Telecommunications access
Ashburton District Council20182013Change
Connection type - multi-responseNumber% of householdsNew Zealand %Number% of householdsNew Zealand %2013 to 2018
Access to a cellphone/mobile phone11,08585.384.810,04482.379.4+1,041
Access to a telephone8,12762.557.710,32684.681.1-2,199
Access to the internet10,04477.379.48,66771.072.8+1,377
No access to telecommunication systems1080.81.01561.31.6-48
Source: Statistics New Zealand, Census of Population and Dwellings 2013 and 2018. Compiled and presented in profile.id by .id , the population experts.
Stats NZ data quality rating: Moderate
Please refer to specific data notes for more information
Telecommunications access - Totals
Ashburton District Council20182013Change
Telecommunication - totals - multi-responseNumber% of householdsNew Zealand %Number% of householdsNew Zealand %2013 to 2018
Not Stated/included9307.27.83723.05.2+558
Total households12,996100.0100.012,204100.0100.0+792
Total responding households12,06692.892.211,83297.094.8+234
Total responses29,364225.9222.931,554258.6248.7-2,190
Source: Statistics New Zealand, Census of Population and Dwellings 2013 and 2018. Compiled and presented in profile.id by .id , the population experts.
Stats NZ data quality rating: Moderate
Please refer to specific data notes for more information

Dominant groups

Analysis of the type of internet connection of households in Ashburton District Council compared to New Zealand shows that there was a lower proportion of households with access to the internet, and a higher proportion of households with access to a cell/mobile phone.

Overall 77.3% of% of households had with access to the internet, and 85.3% had access to a cell/mobile phone, compared with 79.4% and 84.8% respectively in New Zealand.

Note: Percentages(%) are based on total population

Emerging groups

The largest changes in access to telecommunications in Ashburton District Council, between 2013 and 2018 were:

  • Access to a telephone (-2,199 households)
  • Access to the internet (+1,377 households)
  • Access to a cellphone/mobile phone (+1,041 households)

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