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End of the landline as more Kiwis head online?

03 Feb 15

New census reults released today from Statistics New Zealand has revealed three out of every four households at the 2013 Census had internet access, an increase of 34% since 2006.

The Queenstown-Lakes district has the highest proportion of households with access to the internet, at 88%. The Wairoa district has the lowest proportion, at 55%.

“Around 95% of households earning over $100,000 have access to the internet, while 45% of households earning $20,000 or less had access,” says Gareth Meech, Census customer focus manager.

The proportion of households with access to a cellphone continues to rise, and is now 84%, up almost 10% since 2006. Conversely, households with access to a landline telephone has dropped to 86%, down 6% since 2006.

Just over half of one-person households have access to the internet, up from a third in 2006.

Since 2006, a further 285,000 households have access to the internet, and further 195,642 households have access to a cellphone.

The number of households with a landline telephone has dropped by 20,000 households.

Transport and communications in New Zealand – infographic shows some of the key facts about transport and communications in New Zealand in 2013.

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