World Internet Project (NZ)

The World Internet Project (New Zealand) (WIPNZ) is a longitudinal survey investigating New Zealanders' usage of, and attitudes towards the internet. It is part of an international project that compares the uptake and social impacts of ICT in more than 40 partner countries and tracks the trends that occur.

World Internet Project website

WIPNZ ran its first survey in 2007, and it has continued biennially since then.

From 2007 – 2016, WIPNZ surveys and reports were conducted by AUT’s Institute of Culture, Discourse and Communication (ICDC). Information, including reports, for this period can be found on the ICDC website.

NZWRI took over the WIPNZ in 2017.

The WIP survey covers a range of topics answering key questions about the role the internet plays in our lives and what users are doing online. Survey questions also delve into the attitudes and activities of non-users of the internet.

WIPNZ, in conjunction with the international project, aims to provide information and insight that can assist in community development, and in policy decision-making. Numerous companies, government departments, individuals and organisations have also found the data to be extremely useful.

Reports

The sixth World Internet Project New Zealand (WIPNZ) survey continues the biennial analysis of New Zealanders’ usage of, and attitudes towards the internet. It follows on from the surveys undertaken in 2007, 2009, 2011, 2013 and 2015.

The 2017 report is the first produced by NZWRI. It surveyed 2012 people about their usage and attitudes towards the internet. A wide range of questions are asked about what devices people use, where they use them, and the time spent on the internet. We question people about their online activities such as information seeking, entertainment, buying or selling products, communicating with others, social networking and posting content online.

View the 2017 report

After surveying New Zealanders about their online usage every two years in this period, AUT's Institute of Culture, Discourse and Communication released a report showing the remarkable impact of the internet on our lives over almost a decade.

The report compares findings from the five World Internet Project New Zealand surveys which were compiled from more than 7000 questionnaires. It tracks key trends in how our online behaviour has altered over the past nine ears, across all major social groupings, and reveals how our daily communication, consumer interactions and sources of news and information have changed; in some cases, dramatically.

View the Internet Trends 2007-2015 report

This report was produced by the Institute of Culture, Discourse and Communication (ICDC).
Earlier reports can be found on the ICDC website.

The 2015 World Internet Project in New Zealand surveyed 1377 people about their usage and attitudes towards the internet. This is the fifth survey conducted by researchers at AUT's Institute of Culture, Discourse and Communication since 2007.

View the 2015 report

This report was produced by the Institute of Culture, Discourse and Communication (ICDC).
Earlier reports can be found on the ICDC website.

Sponsors

The World Internet Project New Zealand is principally funded by:

We are currently exploring ways in which partnerships and opportunities for collaboration might be developed with private sector interests.

If you are interested in partnering with the World Internet Project New Zealand, please contact NZWRI Research Developer, Mary Hedges.

Email: mary.hedges@aut.ac.nz
Phone: +64 9 921 9999 – ext: 8546

Primary surveys

We have conducted a number of national, local and work-place surveys; longitudinal, repeated or one-off; collecting quantitative and/or qualitative data.

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Big data research

Many of our projects have a strong focus on utilising linked administrative data, and in particular the Integrated Data Infrastructure.

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