Some notes about the survey

The 2020 Quality of Life survey is a partnership between eight New Zealand councils and measures people's perceptions over several domains related to quality of life.

A random selection of residents from each council were invited to participate either online or via a hardcopy questionnaire. The survey was completed by 6,930 people aged 18 years and over.

Fieldwork was originally scheduled for April - May 2020, but was delayed as New Zealand moved into alert level 2 then alert level 4 at the end of March. Fieldwork finally took place between 23 September - 29 November, not long after alert levels had been raised for the second time.

The questionnaire was updated and modified, with some questions relating to COVID-19 added. Communications to potential respondents acknowledged the impact of COVID-19, but asked respondents to try and consider the previous 12 months as a whole when answering questions.

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The impact of COVID-19

COVID-19 has likely impacted behaviours and percentages in a number of ways. Compared with 2018 ......

Health & wellbeing

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Economic wellbeing

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Social contact

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Changing patterns of working and transport

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