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RST Profile: Wanganui

Wanganui Region Versus New Zealand Findings

In this section, comparisons between the findings for the Wanganui region and New Zealand14 are presented.

Popular Activities

  • The 10 most popular activities for adults in the Wanganui region were the same as those for all New Zealand adults.
  • Tramping and hunting were on the 10 most popular activities list for men in the Wanganui region, but not on the list for New Zealand men.
  • Exercise (other) and fishing were on the 10 most popular activities list for women in the Wanganui region, but not on the list for New Zealand women.

Organised Competition/Event Participation, Club/Centre Involvement and Instruction

  • Compared with New Zealand adults, a similar percentage of adults in the Wanganui region:
    • participated in at least one organised competition or event (New Zealand: 36.9%; Wanganui: 31.5%).
  • Adults in the Wanganui region were significantly less likely than New Zealand adults to:
    • have been members of clubs or centres in order to take part in sport and recreation activities (New Zealand: 34.9%; Wanganui: 24.7%); and
    • have received instruction from a coach, instructor, teacher or trainer to help improve their performance (New Zealand: 39.9%; Wanganui: 28.1%).

Volunteering

  • The level of volunteering for adults in the Wanganui region (30.3%) was similar to the level for New Zealand adults (25.3%).

Physical Activity Levels

  • The percentage of adults in the Wanganui region who achieved the physical activity guideline was similar to the percentage for New Zealand adults (New Zealand: 48.2%; Wanganui: 43.0%).

14 Findings for New Zealand adults can be found in the SPARC (2008) report titled Sport, Recreation and Physical Activity Participation Among New Zealand Adults: Key Results of the 2007/08 Active New Zealand Survey. This report is available at www.sparc.org.nz.