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RST Profile: Waikato

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 Waikato 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 Waikato 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 Waikato region was similar to the national profile. Compared with New Zealand adults, a similar percentage of adults in the Waikato region:

  • participated in at least one sport or recreation activity per week (New Zealand: 79%; Waikato: 82%) and per year (New Zealand: 96%; Waikato: 96%);
  • participated in at least one organised competition or event per year (New Zealand: 37%; Waikato: 38%);
  • were members of clubs or centres in order to take part in sport and recreation activities (New Zealand: 35%; Waikato: 34%);
  • received instruction from a coach, instructor, teacher or trainer to help improve their performance (New Zealand: 40%; Waikato: 39%);
  • were volunteers for a sport or recreation activity (New Zealand: 25%; Waikato: 28%); and
  • achieved the national physical activity guideline by undertaking 30 minutes or more of moderate intensity physical activity on at least five days out of seven (New Zealand: 48%; Waikato: 46%).

In the Waikato region:

  • walking and gardening were, in that order, the two most popular sport and recreation activities;
  • touch was on the 10 most popular activities list for adults in the Waikato region, but not on the list for New Zealand adults;
  • touch and dance were on the 10 most popular activities list for men in the Waikato region, but not on the list for New Zealand men; and
  • fishing and exercise (other) were on the 10 most popular activities list for women in the Waikato region, but not on the list for New Zealand women.