Aucklanders uncertain about financial future
A new survey on the health and wellbeing of New Zealanders has found that Aucklanders are more worried than the average New Zealander about the worldwide recession, being able to retire comfortably and job security.
The survey of more than 2000 people nationwide by Southern Cross Healthcare Group asked respondents to tick issues they were either ‘worried’ about, ‘in between’ on, or ‘ not worried’ about from 11 topical issues.
Rising crime rates topped the list of worries for people from Auckland, with 55 per cent saying they were worried about this issue. This was despite recent Police figures showing reported crime across the wider Auckland area had dropped over the last year.
The next biggest concerns for Aucklanders were insurance costs (53 per cent of people worried) and being able to retire comfortably (52 per cent worried).
Across New Zealand, home and contents insurance premiums have risen substantially over the last year.
Some 43 per cent of Aucklanders were worried about the world recession ( compared to 40 per cent nationally) and 33 per cent harboured concerns about job security – compared to 28 per cent nationally.
As expected, Aucklanders were also much more worried about the time it takes to commute to work - with 28 per cent citing this as a worry. The least concerned New Zealanders about commute time were those from Tauranga, with just 6 per cent worried about this issue.
A large number of Aucklanders also harboured health-related worries with 45 per cent of those surveyed saying they were worried about their family’s health, while 36 per cent were wor- ried about their own personal health.
Southern Cross Healthcare Group chief executive officer Ian McPherson says Aucklanders’ higher level of worry over financial issues, particularly their ability to retire comfortably, was a concern given future trends.
‘‘As the population ages, and demand for healthcare rises, it’s highly likely Kiwis will also need to take more personal responsibility for their elective healthcare costs. How to help New Zealanders make adequate provision for their future healthcare needs to be something that is at the top of the country’s agenda.’’
The same survey in May 2011 found that, as a group, Christchurch people were the most worried New Zealanders – this year retired people topped the list, having on average 13 per cent more worries than the typical New Zealander.
This year’s survey found women were significantly more worried than men, and worry also increased with age.
Surprisingly, people from Hamilton reported a slightly greater number of worries on average than those living in Christchurch. Wellington was New Zealand’s least worried city.
Hands tied: Rising insurance costs are one of the things Aucklander’s are most concerned about when it comes to their financial future.