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Active New Zealand Survey (2013/14)

11 June 2019

The 2013/14 Active NZ Survey interviews have been completed and are now being analysed. Top-line results are expected by the end of March 2015.

The 2013/14 Active NZ Survey interviews have been completed and are now being analysed. Top-line results are expected by the end of March 2015.

See Active New Zealand Survey 2013/14 at the Sport and Recreation Knowledge Library.

About the Survey

What is the 2013/14 Active NZ Survey (ANZS)?

The 2013/14 ANZS is a nationwide survey that gives detailed insights into Kiwi adults' participation in sports, active recreation, and volunteering. Adults for this survey include people aged 16 years and above throughout New Zealand.

Sport NZ will soon be inviting adults in New Zealand to take part in the 2013/14 ANZS. To select adults for the survey, we first select households at random across New Zealand, and then interview one randomly selected adult per household. This ensures we get a good mix of men and women, and people from different age groups and ethnic backgrounds to provide a representative picture of sport and recreation participation by all adults in New Zealand.

Why is Sport NZ doing this survey?

Sport NZ's goal is to increase the number of Kiwis participating and volunteering in sport and recreation. This survey helps us know if we are making progress towards this goal. It also provides us with an up-to-date snapshot of the how, when and where adults are engaging in sport and recreation as participants and/or volunteers. The best way to find out this information is to ask adults themselves.

Has the ANZS been carried out before?

Yes, in 2007/08. Earlier versions of the survey were conducted in 1997/98, 1998/99 and 2000/01.

Why does the survey focus on adults and not children and young people?

Children and young people tend to take part in sport and recreation in different ways than adults. For example, they have opportunities to do sport at school. So, we have a separate survey for this group, designed especially to meet the comprehension and reading abilities of Kiwi kids aged 5 to 18 years old. This survey is called Sport NZ's Young People's Survey. It provides Kiwi Kids an opportunity to tell us about how they participate and volunteer in sport and recreation. It was done for the first time in 2011.

Who is carrying out the survey?

Trained survey staff and professional researchers help Sport NZ with the survey. National Research Bureau (NRB) is the research company we chose to work with us to deliver and run the survey in homes throughout New Zealand.

About the approach

How are people selected to take part?

NRB randomly selects houses throughout New Zealand and then interviews one randomly selected adult per household. This ensures we get a good mix of men and women, and people from different age groups and ethnic backgrounds to provide a representative picture of sport and recreation participation by all adults in New Zealand.

How do people chosen for the survey complete the ANZS?

People are interviewed in their own homes at a time that suits them. Trained interviewers ask each question and record people's answers on laptops.

What does the interview involve?

The ANZS involves two stages – a main interview and a follow-up interview.

  • The main interview will take, on average, 30 minutes to complete.
  • To give people the opportunity to provide more information about their sport and recreation experiences, participants are then asked to take part in a 10-12 minute, follow-up interview at a later date and time that is suitable.

How many adults will be interviewed?

Over the 12 months, we aim to interview 6,400 adults throughout New Zealand.

What are the start and finish dates for the interviews?

The survey starts in April 2013 and will end in March 2014. A set number of interviews are carried out throughout New Zealand each month over the 12 months.

Why does it take 12 months to complete all the interviews?

We could complete all 6,400 interviews in 3 months. However, to capture participation in seasonal sports, like skiing, rugby, cricket and tennis, we conduct a set number of interviews each month over 12 months.

About the questions

What questions are asked?

The questions focus on the participation and volunteering behaviours of adults.

The participation questions ask what sports and active recreation adults do, where they do them, how often they participate, the reasons for participating (or not), the different ways adults choose to participate (eg. with clubs, causally with friends, at events, or through competitions), and if they get coaching for their sport. The volunteer questions ask about what types of volunteer roles they do (eg. coach, referee), what sports they volunteer for, and the time they spend volunteering.

Are the questions asked in 2013/14 different or the same as those in earlier surveys?

Questions for topics that we want to compare and use to monitor change over time remain the same as those in earlier surveys.

Over time the opportunities available for adults to participate and volunteer have changed. An example of this is the existence of virtual teams and clubs that are organised through the internet. To reflect this ever-changing environment, new questions have been added and others updated. These adjustments ensure that the questions asked are relevant and reflect the current sport and recreation environment. The updated and new questions provide us with new baseline information to monitor in the future.

A key addition to the survey is the collection of more detailed information about how often adults participate in each of their chosen sports and recreation activities. The question asked allows us to estimate the number of times over a year an adult has played a sport or done an active recreation activity. Another new topic area is how people pay to take part. For example, do people pay annual membership fees, pay single entry cost to play (eg. court hire), pay to enter one-off events or don't pay because its free to participate. This provides indicative information about the financial commitment adults make to participate.

Are there any questions not being repeated from the earlier surveys?

Yes. Reflecting Sport NZ's current focus on sport and active recreation, we are not repeating questions about how physically active adults are. The Ministry of Health is now responsible for promoting and monitoring physical activity among New Zealanders. More information about its monitoring surveys can be found at www.health.govt.nz.

The findings and progress updates

When and where will the results be available?

The initial findings will be available in February 2015. Results will be published on Sport NZ's website and in a series of reports and factsheets.

Will the findings be compared with those from earlier surveys?

Yes. There are certain questions that have remained unchanged since 1997/98. This allows us to conduct trend analysis on both participation and volunteer information.

How will the results be used?

The Survey will provide Sport NZ and the wider sector valuable information about how adults engage in sport and recreation – as participants and as volunteers. The results will inform our work in community sport and active recreation, and the development of our next strategic plan.

Want to keep up to date with the progress of the ANZS?

We will update this web page as the survey progresses and new information is available.

Other sport and recreation information

What to know more about our sources of sport and recreation information?

You might like to read about the results of 2007/08 Active NZ Survey, which are still relevant now.

If you are interested in broader sport and recreation sector research, you can visit and sign up to the Sport and Recreation Knowledge Library and to our monthly links publication Relay.

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