News and releases
1 November 2012
The World Internet Project New Zealand Team has completed an analysis into the way in which New Zealanders engage with government online.
16 July 2012
World Internet Project NZ (WIPNZ) team members Professor Allan Bell and Philippa Smith delivered a keynote address at this year's NetHui conference entitled: 'The internet biographies of New Zealanders'. View the presentation (26 slides/1.9mb).
The plenary provided a fresh perspective on the results of three WIP surveys undertaken between 2007-2011 by looking at the developing internet use patterns of individuals.
NetHui — a conference that covers a wide range of internet related topics and issues — ran from 11-13 July 2012 in Auckland.
28 June 2012
The results of the 2009 World Internet Project NZ (WIPNZ) survey have recently appeared in an international report comparing 14 WIP international partner countries.
The WIPNZ team have prepared a short report of highlights from these international comparisons, looking at the results from a New Zealand perspective.
The full version of the report — released by the University of Southern California Annenberg School Center for the Digital Future — includes a range of international survey questions, as well as presenting 2010 survey results for seven countries.
21 May 2012
The results of the 2011 World Internet Project NZ (WIPNZ) survey are referenced throughout the Intergen 'Engaged Web in New Zealand' report.
The report analyses patterns of use for New Zealand's most trafficked websites, using the WIPNZ results as a reference point.
1 February 2012
The World Internet Project New Zealand has been profiled in The Listener online.
Peter Griffin interviewed WIPNZ team member Andy Gibson about the results of the 2011 survey and the changes occurring in New Zealanders' use of the internet. Read the article on the Listener website >>
9 December 2011
Facebook has captured the hearts (and time) of Kiwis while MySpace has disappeared off our radars completely.
In 2009, 74 per cent of those with a membership to a social networking site said they used Facebook the most often. This figure has jumped to 96 per cent in 2011, the latest World Internet Project New Zealand survey has discovered.
With 'Facebook' being the second most searched item on Google New Zealand in 2011*, it is no wonder New Zealanders are using it more than ever before.
The third bi-annual World Internet Project (WIP) New Zealand survey of more than 1200 New Zealanders has found that overall levels of Internet use continue to increase. Eighty six per cent of New Zealanders are now online, up from 79 per cent in 2007 and 83 per cent in 2009.
Director of AUT’s Institute of Culture, Discourse and Communication and WIP director Professor Allan Bell says that the growth in broadband is another striking change between 2007 and 2011.
"91 per cent of users now have a broadband connection at home. The trajectory from 67 per cent in 2007 to 84 per cent in 2009 has continued but is now easing as we approach saturation. We are finally bringing; New Zealand close to other comparable countries on an important measure where it once lagged."
The survey findings have also shown an increased popularity in the use of smartphones and other handheld wireless devices with usage having risen from 7 per cent in 2007 to 27 per cent of Internet users in 2011.
The influence of wireless networking has also contributed to a change in where the Internet is used in the home, with 54 per cent of users now accessing the Internet mostly from communal areas of their home, up from 36 per cent in 2007.
"These changes illustrate the increasing embeddedness of the Internet in everyday home life. More and more New Zealanders (58 per cent) also affirm the overall importance of the Internet to their daily lives," says Professor Bell.
Of those still not using the Internet, reasons vary from not finding it interesting to not feeling confident using the technology. A surprisingly small number of respondents say financial constraints are their main reason.
With three surveys completed, Professor Bell says the reports are now more than ever able to map Internet use in New Zealand and identify trends that can be used to inform government and business decision-making.
New Zealand is one of 30 countries involved in the World Internet Project — a longitudinal study that enables comparisons of Internet use across countries. AUT University, with funding from the National Library of New Zealand and from Internet NZ, conducted its first survey in 2007, the second in 2009 and the most recent in 2011.
Highlights of the 2011 New Zealand World Internet Project:
*According to Google’s annual Zeitgeist lists: the year’s hottest search terms on google.co.nz.
17 November 2010
The internet is moving out from behind closed doors in homes to communal places like lounges and kitchens the latest World Internet Project figures report.
The second bi-annual survey of more than 1200 New Zealanders shows the internet is increasingly moving into open spaces in the house. The percentage of people who use the internet mainly in living areas (including lounge, kitchen, dining room) rose from 33% in 2007 to 45% in 2009.
The report which compares data collected in 2007 and the most recent data collected in late 2009 investigates New Zealanders' usage of and attitudes towards the internet.
"The increasing shift of Internet use out of the back rooms and into the household living space makes for a whole new dynamic surrounding the net," says the Director of AUT's Institute of Culture, Discourse and Communication, Professor Allan Bell.
"It puts the Internet right at hand, so people can check a fact or book an event on their laptops without stirring. We're also using the internet more and more and for different reasons now," Professor Bell says.
New Zealand is one of 30 countries involved in the World Internet Project — a longitudinal study that enables comparisons of Internet use across countries.
AUT University, with support from the National Library of New Zealand and from InternetNZ, conducted its first survey in 2007, with the most recent data deriving from interviews in 2009.
This report focuses on those changes that were statistically significant between the two surveys and which indicate possible longer term trends.
The second full survey was conducted in August - September 2009. It questioned a sample of 1250 New Zealanders about their usage of, and attitudes towards, the Internet.
Analysis focused on the social, political and economic impact of the Internet in New Zealand.
Note: The 2009 Report is based on a sample of respondents aged 12 years old and over. The 2007 Report was based on a sample aged 16 years and over. For this reason, direct comparison between the figures in the 2007 and 2009 Reports is not recommended.
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The Internet has changed how business and trade deals are made; how schools and other academic institutions, councils, media and advertisers operate.
The Internet also impacts on family interaction, the ways in which people form new friendships, and the communities to which people belong.
The World Internet Project New Zealand (WIP NZ) is an extensive research project, operating since 2007, which aims to provide important information about the social, cultural, political and economic influence of the Internet and related digital technologies.
As part of the World Internet Project International, international collaborative research effort, the WIP NZ enables valid and rigorous comparison between New Zealand and 30 other countries around the world. Each partner country in the WIP shares a set of 30 common questions.
ICDC's longitudinal survey includes a cross-section of participants aged 12 and up across New Zealand. Targeted sampling ensures that ethnic groups and age ranges are not under-represented.
The survey investigates Internet access and targets Internet users as well as non-users. It takes into account what they do online and considers off-line activities such as how much time is spent with friends and family.
Other questions address the effects of the Internet on language use social, cultural and educational development and the role of the Internet in accessing information or purchasing products.
In addition to studying the impact of the Internet, the survey tracks the effectiveness of strategies to address issues such as the digital divide between rich and poor; urban and rural.
More specific topics such as the impact of social networking are examined in detail in a new related study; the Internet and Society Panel Project.
Supporting project sponsors: