Hous­ing big­gest con­cern

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Hous­ing is the big­gest is­sue con­cern­ing New Zealan­ders, a sur­vey by global mar­ket com­pany Ip­sos has found.

When asked to select from 20 is­sues, the top six is­sues fac­ing New Zealan­ders were dom­i­nated by hous­ing ac­ces­si­bil­ity and af­ford­abil­ity (se­lected by 41 per cent of peo­ple), fol­lowed by poverty and in­equal­ity (29 per cent) and health­care (27 per cent).

Wealth­ier Kiwi house­holds were more con­cerned about crime (men­tioned by 26 per cent of those earn­ing $100,000 or more), while poorer house­holds were more con­cerned about health­care (34 per cent of those earn­ing less than $30,000).

Af­ter hous­ing, Kiwi men were more con­cerned with crime (men­tioned by 27 per cent), whereas women were more con­cerned with poverty and in­equal­ity (34 per cent).

Ip­sos has been con­duct­ing a sim­i­lar sur­vey in Aus­tralia since 2010, and com­par­ing re­sults from across the Tas­man re­veals some in­ter­est­ing dif­fer­ences between the coun­tries.

While hous­ing is­sues are the big­gest con­cern for New Zealan­ders, Aus­tralians are mostly con­cerned with health­care, crime and liv­ing costs.

Aus­tralians are twice as con­cerned with the econ­omy as New Zealan­ders. Ip­sos New Zealand re­search di­rec­tor Jonathan Dodd said the re­sults showed big gen­er­a­tional dif­fer­ences amongst New Zealan­ders, with older peo­ple more con­cerned about health­care and younger peo­ple much more con­cerned with the cost of liv­ing than their elders.

‘‘The huge con­cerns about hous­ing are felt across all in­come groups – whether you’re rich or poor, hous­ing is the big worry for New Zealan­ders.’’

The sur­vey found that whether you’re rich or poor, hous­ing is the big worry for New Zealan­ders.

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