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The Sample

Across all three time points (1997/98, 1998/99, 2000/01), the samples for the New Zealand Sport and Physical Activity Survey was drawn from the New Zealand population aged 18 years plus living in permanent private dwellings, excluding offshore islands.

Between 1997 and 2001, data were collected from 12,569 adults through face-to-face interviews.

At dwellings where young people aged five to 17 years were living, information was collected about young people's sport and active leisure. The questions about young people's sport and active leisure were answered by the adult respondent. However, if the young person, or someone who knew the young person better than the respondent, was present when the interview was carried out, they could help to answer the questions.

The adult respondents provided proxy-reported data for 4,116 young people.

Adult Sample Profile

  Number Interviewed
Total Population
12,569
Gender
Men
5,628
Women
6,941
Age (years)
16-24
1,267
25-34
2,535
35-49
3,937
50-64
2,549
≥ 65
2,279
Ethnicity
NZ European
9,846
Pacific
433
Other
654

Young People Sample Profile

  Number of Proxy Interviews
Total Population
4,116
Gender
Boys
2,142
Girls
1,974
Age (years)
5-12
2,533
13-15
918
16-17
665
Ethnicity
NZ European
2,771
Māori
792
Pacific
254
Other
294