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Wellington Region

Telecommunication access

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
Wellington Region20182013Change
Connection type - multi-responseNumber% of householdsNorth Island %Number% of householdsNorth Island %2013 to 2018
Access to a cellphone/mobile phone162,23487.584.3143,78181.679.1+18,453
Access to a telephone105,64857.056.6143,18481.380.2-37,536
Access to the internet154,53683.479.2136,01177.272.5+18,525
No access to telecommunication systems1,4910.81.12,1871.21.6-696
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
Wellington Region20182013Change
Telecommunication - totals - multi-responseNumber% of householdsNorth Island %Number% of householdsNorth Island %2013 to 2018
Total households185,382100.0100.0176,133100.0100.0+9,249
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

Emerging groups

The largest changes in access to telecommunications in the Wellington Region, between 2013 and 2018 were:

  • Access to a telephone (-37,536 households)
  • Access to the internet (+18,525 households)
  • Access to a cellphone/mobile phone (+18,453 households)

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