City affordable, if you start small

Wednesday, 19 September 2012 Written by

More than half of Aucklanders think first-time home buyers should turn their back on the city to get on the property ladder, a Herald-DigiPoll survey shows. But real estate experts say young Kiwis should not give up on the region yet - just be prepared to live a bit farther out of town.

NZ backs William for next king

Monday, 17 September 2012 Written by

Kiwis would rather skip Prince Charles and have his camera-friendly son as their next king, a Herald-DigiPoll survey shows. The survey of 750 people last month found 61 per cent put their support behind Prince William - three times the support that heir-to-the-throne Prince Charles enjoyed.

Courts mirror mood on euthanasia: MP

Saturday, 15 September 2012 Written by

Public support for euthanasia is growing in New Zealand in the wake of key court decisions, says a Labour Party MP who advocates assisted suicide.

The discharge without conviction of Auckland man Evans Mott after he assisted his wife's suicide reflected an increasing compassion for euthanasia, said MP Maryan Street.

Herald Digi-Poll: How the parties are shaping up

Tuesday, 11 September 2012 Written by

Labour's support and that of its leader, David Shearer, has slipped a little since the Herald Digi-Poll two months ago but the parliamentary parties in the opposition bloc are still almost neck and neck with the Government bloc.


The Government bloc of parties is fractionally ahead.


If the results were translated to parliamentary seats, the situation is so fluid that just one or two seats either way would make a difference.


The Herald Digi-Poll survey of 750 people was taken between August 20 and 31 and has a margin of error of 3.6 per cent.


Conservative Party lifted by gay issue

Tuesday, 11 September 2012 Written by

Only 2.5 points to reach Parliament if threshold reduced to 4 per cent. The Conservative Party has had a bump in the polls following Parliament's passing of the first reading of a bill to legalise gay marriage, the latest Herald-DigiPoll survey shows. The Conservatives would not make it to Parliament on its 1.5 per cent rating (up from 0.5), but if the threshold of the party vote is lowered from its current 5 per cent to 4 per cent under reforms to MMP before the next election, it has to rise only 2.5 percentage points to make it into Parliament with several MPs.

Being Kiwi: Lifestyle beats money

Monday, 10 September 2012 Written by
Quality of life in 'safe little haven' chosen ahead of economic factors in parallel surveys
Lifestyle defines New Zealanders' sense of national identity and most of us want to stay here - even if we could earn more overseas. In-depth interviews with 91 people in five communities, marking the Herald's relaunch in a compact format, found that all except seven people were glad to live in this country. A parallel DigiPoll survey of 750 New Zealanders found 66 per cent would choose to live here if they had a choice of anywhere in the world.


Call to raise drinking age loud and clear

Friday, 20 July 2012 Written by

Family First NZ is welcoming a call from Canterbury’s health bosses to raise the drinking age to 20, and says that health boards, health professionals, police, family groups, addiction experts, the Prime Minister’s chief science adviser, leading scientists, and the general public – including young people – are all shouting to politicians to raise both the purchase and the drinking age to 20 in order to protect young people and to save lives.

“The split-age proposal will be confusing and is not supported by frontline workers who are mopping

Mining poll result 'shows Kiwis alert to misinformation'

Monday, 09 July 2012 Written by

A mining industry group says strong support for mining in a survey shows "misinformation" from opponents is rejected by most New Zealanders

Straterra says the Herald-DigiPoll survey results provide good signs for  investors.