Poll split over Fiordland tourism plans

Monday, 01 July 2013 Written by

New Zealanders are split down the middle over dual proposals to cut a tunnel or monorail track through parts of Fiordland which contain some of the country's greatest walking tracks.

Herald-DigiPoll survey found that nearly half of respondents supported the projects, one of which would create a 11.3km road tunnel between Queenstown and Milford Sound and the other a 41km monorail track. The same amount of respondents opposed them.

Half of Kiwis want fluoride added to water - poll

Monday, 01 July 2013 Written by

Almost half of New Zealanders support the adding of fluoride to their drinking water despite councils increasingly dumping it, a Herald-DigiPoll survey shows.


The poll showed 48 per cent of New Zealanders supported the addition of fluoride - double the 25 per cent of those who opposed its use. A further 24 per cent believed the issue should be left to local councillors to decide.

Support disappears for convention deal

Thursday, 27 June 2013 Written by

Public opinion has turned against the Government's SkyCity international convention centre deal just days before it is due to be signed off, allowing for 230 extra poker machines at the downtown Auckland casino.


The latest Herald-DigiPoll survey shows 61.5 per cent of those polled disapprove of the deal while 33.8 per cent approve.

N.Z. Set to Legalize Gay Marriage in Asia-Pacific First

Thursday, 18 April 2013 Written by

A New Zealand Herald Digipoll survey conducted last month showed 52 percent of respondents supported same-sex marriage while 48 percent were opposed. The poll surveyed 750 people and had a margin of error of 3.6 percent.


New Zealand became the first Asia- Pacific nation to legalize same-sex marriage after a parliament vote today, 27 years after sexual relations between men were decriminalized.

Special report: Shake-up for judges

Monday, 15 April 2013 Written by

Planned changes include letting public in on how they're appointed, and annual report on what judiciary gets up to. A Herald-DigiPoll survey has found 53 per cent of those polled have "high confidence" in judges. In contrast, 38 per cent said they had "big concerns".

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Key urges kids to learn Mandarin

Monday, 08 April 2013 Written by

PM keen to rope in some of the 250,000 New Zealanders of Chinese ethnicity to teach language in schools. Prime Minister John Key wants more students to consider learning Mandarin.


Herald-DigiPoll survey shows a surprisingly high number of people, more than 25 per cent, would like Maori and a foreign language to be compulsory at school - although the majority prefer no compulsion.

Shock poll over gay marriage bill

Tuesday, 26 March 2013 Written by

Public opposition to same-sex marriage has grown significantly since a law change to legalise it came before Parliament, a Herald DigiPoll survey shows.


Same-sex marriage campaigners blame scaremongering by religious groups for the increase in opposition, saying lobbying has intensified as the bill progresses through Parliament.

Voters divided on four-year term

Monday, 25 March 2013 Written by

Voters are almost evenly split on whether the parliamentary term should be extended from three to four years in the latest poll - a narrow margin believe it should stay at three years despite general agreement among politicians that a move to four is warranted.


Just over half of those asked in a Herald-DigiPoll survey said they believed the three-year term should stay, while 48 per cent believed it should increase to four years.