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RST Profile: North Harbour

Executive Summary

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Based on information collected through the 2007/08 Active NZ Survey, this report provides an overview of physical activity behaviours among adults (aged 16 years and over) living in the North Harbour region, in particular, their level of involvement with sport and recreation as participants and volunteers and their overall level of physical activity. The findings for the North Harbour region are also compared with the national profile for sport, recreation and physical activity in this report.

Key Findings

The sport, recreation and physical activity profile for the North Harbour region was similar to the national profile. Compared with New Zealand adults, a similar percentage of adults in the North Harbour region:

  • participated in at least one sport or recreation activity per week (New Zealand: 79%; North Harbour: 80%) and per year (New Zealand: 96%; North Harbour: 98%);
  • participated in at least one organised competition or event per year (New Zealand: 37%; North Harbour: 33%);
  • were members of clubs or centres in order to take part in sport and recreation activities (New Zealand: 35%; North Harbour: 40%);
  • received instruction from a coach, instructor, teacher or trainer to help improve their performance (New Zealand: 40%; North Harbour: 45%);
  • were volunteers for a sport or recreation activity (New Zealand: 25%; North Harbour: 23%); and
  • achieved the national physical activity guideline by undertaking 30 minutes or more of moderate intensity physical activity on at least five out of seven days (New Zealand: 48%; North Harbour: 43%).

In the North Harbour region:

  • walking was the most popular sport and recreation activity;
  • pilates/yoga was on the 10 most popular activities list for adults in the North Harbour region, but not on the list for New Zealand adults;
  • dance and basketball were on the 10 most popular activities list for men in the North Harbour region, but not on the list for New Zealand men; and
  • golf and fishing were on the 10 most popular activities list for women in the North Harbour region, but not on the list for New Zealand women.