Family meals becoming relic of past

Monday, 14 January 2013 Written by

One in five people say they almost never eat with other family members at the dinner table, a survey shows. The Herald-DigiPoll survey found nearly half (47.5 per cent) of those questioned enjoyed dinner with family at least five times a week, 21.4 per cent said they "almost never" sat down at the family dinner table, while 15.6 per cent said they still found time once or twice a week to share dinner with family, and 13.4 per cent had the evening meal with other family members up to four times a week.

Housing plan a winner for Labour

Thursday, 10 January 2013 Written by

The Labour Party housing policy for first-home buyers has struck a chord despite the Government's attempts to write it off as expensive and unrealistic.

Just over 70 per cent of the 500 respondents in the Herald-DigiPoll survey approved of Labour's promise to enter the housing market to build 100,000 low-cost homes over the next 10 years.

The Hobbit: should we have paid?

Wednesday, 09 January 2013 Written by

A majority of New Zealanders polled by the Herald back the $67 million in tax breaks given to the producers of The Hobbit by the Government - but only if the films return more than that to the local economy.


Only one in five people surveyed in a Herald-DigiPoll poll completely opposed the subsidies given to Hollywood studio Warner Brothers for the making of The Hobbit films.

Crash diets off the menu

Tuesday, 08 January 2013 Written by

Almost one in five New Zealanders went on a crash diet or started a fitness regime to try to get in shape for summer. But health professionals have criticised the annual effort, saying crash diets are one of the worst things a person can do to lose weight.


Almost 19 per cent of those polled in a Herald-DigiPoll summer survey said they either slashed calories or started an exercise programme to lose weight for the bikini season.

Campers evolve into glampers

Monday, 07 January 2013 Written by

The great Kiwi camping holiday seems to be dropping out of favour, with few people willing to rough it in the wild without some modern comforts. Almost six out of 10 people told a Herald-DigiPoll summer survey that they wanted some comfort when camping - and nearly 15 per cent admitted they would like as many modern conveniences as possible.

Cheaper flights put Queenstown ahead

Thursday, 03 January 2013 Written by

Queenstown has beaten out the Coromandel as New Zealanders' favourite holiday spot at home and Australia is our preferred overseas destination.


Cheaper domestic air travel has pulled the southern town, famed for its stunning position on the shores of Lake Wakatipu, adventure sports and skiing, within easier reach of Kiwi holiday-makers.


Herald-DigiPoll survey asked New Zealanders their preferred holiday destinations.

Cut drink-drive limit: poll

Tuesday, 01 January 2013 Written by

Nearly two-thirds of New Zealanders support lowering the drink-drive limit - although the Government says it won't act until more research is carried out.

Herald-DigiPoll summer survey found 65 per cent backing for cutting the limit from 80mg of alcohol per 100ml of blood to 50mg.

Simple-food expert beats celebrity chefs

Monday, 31 December 2012 Written by

An everyday kind of meal may be what many people around the country would like for New Year's dinner.


Longtime favourite television cook and food writer Dame Alison Holst is the person most Kiwis would like to have in their kitchen tomorrow, a poll shows.


Herald-DigiPoll survey asked participants which Kiwi chef they would most like to cook their New Year's dinner.