Announcing State of New Zealand’s Internet 2017

Today we’ve published our 2017 State of the Internet report. This report is a look at some key aspects of the Internet in New Zealand. It looks at access to the Internet, and creative uses of the Internet, and has an in-depth look at trust and security issues in New Zealand as the focus for the 2017 edition.

You can download the PDF here.

The notion of a State of the Internet report was first canvassed by InternetNZ in 2015, and at that time we published a range of data with WikiNZ (now Figure.NZ) You can see our blog post from the time here. In 2016, we looked at a sort of almanac approach (see grouped around similar topics as this year – access, use and confidence.

This year we took a close look at trust because of the events around the world that have impacted trust in the past year or so. Fake news, social media use in election campaigns, some high profile security incidents and data breaches have made it all an important topic.

In pulling this report together, our team has relied on a range of public sources – our own market research conducted by UMR; Statistics NZ data, data published by APNIC. We also developed a research framework to guide this work and inputs to it, which we plan to publish for review and improvement later this year or early next.

The report does identify gaps and challenge in data that could usefully be filled to allow for better analysis of the impact the Internet is having. We comment on those areas in the report, and welcome feedback on whether new data sources are needed, or whether information is already available we could incorporate.

In finalising the report, we benefited from a close review and set of changes recommended by research house IDC. Their input was very helpful and I extend our thanks to the IDC team for their support.

Already we are thinking about the 2018 version of this report – how to focus, what to add and so on. An authoritative section on the .nz domain may be a useful addition, and making broader use of the Internet Data Portal ( may be on the cards too.

I’d love to hear your thoughts about the topics and the approach, and any other matters that come to mind, feel free to email me directly

Let me close with thanks to all the authors and reviewers who contributed – Ben Creet as lead author and Andrew Cushen, James Ting-Edwards, Nicola Brown and Dean Pemberton from the InternetNZ team and Jay Daley, Sebastian Castro, Dave Baker and Angela Ogier from NZRS.

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