NZ economy big issue for Kiwis

  • 11/07/2015
Economy (File)
Economy (File)

New Zealanders are becoming increasingly worried about economic issues, including housing affordability.

About 44 percent of people mentioned economic issues when asked about the most important problem facing New Zealand, according to research by Roy Morgan in the June quarter. That's up 4 percent from the March quarter.

About 14 percent of people rated a housing shortage and/or housing affordability as the biggest problem facing New Zealand, up 4 percent from the previous survey. This is a new record for the indicator.

The soaring housing prices in Auckland are the largest driver of this issue, which is most prominent amongst Auckland respondents and also younger New Zealanders, the research firm says.

About one in five people think the gap between rich and poor people is the most important economic issue facing New Zealand.

There has also been a rise in the number of people rating economic issues as the biggest global problem, with 32 percent of people citing this, up 7 percent since March.

War and terrorism was rated as the biggest global issue by 29 percent of people, down 12 percent from the previous survey.

Environmental issues were rated as a big global problem by 15 percent of people, up 6 percent.