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  • Recreational sea fishing - $1 billion industry

    Recreational sea fishing - $1 billion industry

    The value of recreational fishing has been established at nearly $1 billion a year. The result is partly based on research among New Zealand fishers conducted by Horizon Research. Fishing in the sea is a popular activity for hundreds of thousands of New Zealanders. Large numbers concerned by and will act on climate change

    Large numbers concerned by and will act on climate change

    A strong majority of New Zealanders are concerned about climate change and taking actions that reduce household emissions, according to a recent survey. Researchers at Motu Economic and Public Policy Research, an independent, not-for-profit research institute, and Victoria University of Wellington...

  • Would New Zealanders give you a licence to operate?

    Would New Zealanders give you a licence to operate?

    By Graeme Colman.- Sometimes a story about how we treat employees crashes through the media clutter – and reminds us how important it is to behave sustainably. That how we treat people and the planet in our legitimate pursuit of profits really is quite important. Major news coverage –...

  • Kiwis say dairying has gone too far

    Kiwis say dairying has gone too far

    A new independent survey shows New Zealanders believe the economy is either too heavily dependent on dairy farming (37%) or the growth of intensive dairying has gone too far (31%). Only 19% believe the country should continue to grow dairy farming, with more cows per hectare if necessary, the...

  • Irrigation supported - only if environment protected

    Irrigation supported - only if environment protected

    A new independent survey shows an overwhelming majority of Kiwis don’t want large-scale irrigation schemes and intensive agriculture expansion if there is failure to protect downstream waterways so that they remain safe for swimming, fishing and food gathering. The ‘Farming and the...

  • Ethical choice making ground with shoppers

    Ethical choice making ground with shoppers

    Ethical worries are staging a comeback in the battle of conscience versus price, after suffering some serious post-recession fatigue. Each year the Sustainable Business Council/Fairfax Business and Consumer Behaviour Survey, conducted by Horizon Research, asks shoppers what environmental and...

  • Insurers can sell a million new policies in next year

    Insurers can sell a million new policies in next year

    A new survey shows just New Zealand adults intend buying more than a million new insurance policies during the next 12 months. Existing customers also intend to increase their existing insurance cover on 695,000 of their policies, but only cancel 94,000 policies. Horizon Research says its survey of...

  • Strong support for universal KiwiSaver

    Strong support for universal KiwiSaver

    New Zealanders today regret the decision to abolish compulsory superannuation in 1976, and a solid majority of New Zealanders now favour the reintroduction of a universal KiwiSaver scheme. Almost three out of four New Zealanders agree now that it was a mistake to scrap the 1975 scheme, according to...

  • Average Kiwis economic expectations for 2013

    Average Kiwis economic expectations for 2013

    A HorizonPoll survey of what Kiwis think will happen with the economy in 2013 finds people positive about agriculture, exporting and research and development. But they expect a decline in manufacturing, employment and household incomes. Adults nationwide were asked to give their view of whether the...

  • Employment forecast to rise for 2013

    Employment forecast to rise for 2013

    There will be a nett rise in jobs created during the next year, according to a new HorizonPoll survey. 23.8% of adults in work think the organisations employing them will increase staff in the next 12 months, 16.6% will decrease staff and 43.9% will keep number the same. The outlook is more...

  • Survey shows Maori unhappy with economy, iwi - point to policy priorities

    Survey shows Maori unhappy with economy, iwi - point to policy priorities

    Horizon Research has released its Maori Viewpoint 2012 report, tracking the views of Maori nationwide on issues ranging from their personal household financial position to their iwis' performance. Maori are sending clear signals to their iwi and other policy makers on what they think are the most...

  • Fewer trust business, 50% uncomfortable about buying NZX shares

    Fewer trust business, 50% uncomfortable about buying NZX shares

    70 per cent of New Zealanders are now “less trusting” or “totally distrusting” of the honesty and integrity of businesses in New Zealand after recent finance company failures. Overwhelmingly New Zealanders are looking for honesty, integrity and high ethical standards and the...

  • Kiwis back action to secure $1 trillion in new trade

    Kiwis back action to secure $1 trillion in new trade

    Pure Advantage, the organisation championing a move to a green growth economy, says the latest polling by independent research company Horizon shows there is widespread public support for New Zealand to secure its share of the $6 trillion global opportunity that green growth promises by 2050. The...

  • Business decision makers approve Government's performance

    Business decision makers approve Government's performance

    Business leaders are more likely to postively rate the government than general voters. A Horizon Research poll, a conducted between September 12-30, shows the National-led government’s overall performance met the expectations of 51.8% of the country’s business decision makers, The...

  • Maori post election government preferences

    Maori post election government preferences

    Maori most want the Mana and Maori parties, if they have seats in Parliament after the election, not to enter a National cabinet. They prefer them to join a Labour cabinet, or support a government on an issue by issue basis, according to a specialist Horizon Research Maori Panel survey of 481 Maori...

  • Budget forecasts unrealistic, households feel worse off

    Budget forecasts unrealistic, households feel worse off

    The economic growth forecasts which underpin this week’s Budget are seen as unrealistic by 49% of New Zealanders. The first nationwide post-Budget HorizonPoll of 1,154 people, conducted between 11.5am Friday May 20 and 6.30am Saturday May 21 (maximum margin of error at a 95% confidence level...

  • Kiwis enter Budget week feeling country on wrong track

    Kiwis enter Budget week feeling country on wrong track

    A new poll shows New Zealanders head into Budget week thinking the country is generally off on the wrong track – but with individuals rating National as being much better than Labour to advance their own economic interests. A Horizon Research survey of 1,864 people nationwide finds 48.4% of...

  • More believe economy will decline this year

    More believe economy will decline this year

    A majority of business people think the economy will decline this year, according to a new HorizonPoll. More than 50% of business proprietors, managers and executives think the economy will decline this year. By party vote, those who most expect an economic decline voted National and ACT in 2008....

  • BNZ: no economic quick fixes

    BNZ: no economic quick fixes

    BNZ chief economist Tony Alexander says the results of an HorizonPoll economic outlook survey are not at all surprising. The March 21-25 survey of more than 2000 voters finds more people believe the economy will decline this year rather than grow. Among A majority of bhusiness decision makers...

  • New Zealanders not confident Government has adequate economic plans

    New Zealanders not confident Government has adequate economic plans

    The Government suffers a series of poor economic management and policy confidence results in a new HorizonPoll nationwide survey. New Zealanders, by large majorities, are not confident the Government has adequate plans to reduce unemployment, achieve economic growth, increase household incomes, and...

  • Business poll indicates no double dip recession

    Business poll indicates no double dip recession

    Business decision-makers believe New Zealand is not headed for a double-dip recession, a poll commissioned by the Sunday Star-Times shows. Almost half (49.6%) of those with key decision-making roles in business say they do not believe the country will go back into recession, auguring if not a...

  • How political leaders make New Zealanders feel

    How political leaders make New Zealanders feel

    The Sunday Star Times-HorizonPoll for the first time publishes how some of the main political leaders make New Zealanders feel. The Sunday Star Times reports this morning that Labour leader Phil Goff makes us feel nervous, Act's Rodney Hide makes us angry, and Prime Minister John Key makes us...

  • What do Kiwis expect in 2011?

    What do Kiwis expect in 2011?

    HorizonPoll has launched its first survey for 2011 - covering what people expect to happen to them and the country this year. The Mood of The Nation survey seeks views and feelings on what it's like living in New Zealand right now, and how the year ahead will be for individuals and the country: how...

  • Majority back Hobbit movie deal, but don’t want a repeat

    Majority back Hobbit movie deal, but don’t want a repeat

    A majority of New Zealanders support the deal the Government did with Warner Bros to keep Hobbit film production in New Zealand. However, a majority don’t want a similar deal done again. A new nationwide HorizonPoll finds 56.4% support for the agreement the Government made with United States...

  • Country split on Government handling of economy

    Country split on Government handling of economy

    The country is evenly split over the Government’s handling of the economy: 29% disapprove, 28% approve. An HorizonPoll survey of 3,655 New Zealanders shows 35% neither approve nor disapprove, while 8% don’t know. Weighted to represent the national population, the August 24 to September...

  • Whopping 92% say Kiwis need to save more

    Whopping 92% say Kiwis need to save more

    Kiwis know they need to save more. In a current HorizonPoll on compulsory savings policy options, a whopping 92% so far are saying that generally there is a need for New Zealanders to save more . Only 4% disagree and 4% don’t know. After 300 responses (margin of error +/- 5.7%), it's too...

  • Government announces savings working group

    Government announces savings working group

    An independent Savings Working Group announced today by the Government has a wide brief to consider how New Zealand can improve its national savings, Finance Minister Bill English says. "Improving the level of national savings is the next step in the Government's programme for tilting the economy...