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  • More low-alcohol use will reduce harm

    More low-alcohol use will reduce harm

    Many New Zealanders say harm caused by alcohol can be reduced if more people drink low-alcohol beer, a new survey shows. The Horizon survey of 1141 New Zealanders, published by the New Zealand Food and Grocery Council (FGC), found that almost half of respondents thought increased consumption of...

  • It's agreed: Super not enough for comfortable retirement

    It's agreed: Super not enough for comfortable retirement

    65% of all New Zealanders over 18 believe New Zealand Superannuation alone is insufficient for a comfortable retirement. For those already retired 78% say New Zealand Superannuation alone is insufficient for a comfortable retirement. New Zealand Superannuation for a single person living alone is...

  • Overseas online shoppers say no to higher GST

    Overseas online shoppers say no to higher GST

    More than 1.76 million New Zealanders have been online shopping using overseas retailers in the past three months – and any move to charge them more in taxes and duties will find half of all adults opposed. New Zealanders would prefer retailers to become more efficient – and to keep...

  • Flexing housing muscle trouble for Govt?

    Flexing housing muscle trouble for Govt?

    Do Aucklanders still want to decide the shape of their city, not central government? Housing Minister Nick Smith, in a story first broken by Radio NZ, has reminded Auckland Council that the Government has powers to decide where Special Housing Areas will be built in the city if the council won't...

  • 79% want fairer savings taxes

    79% want fairer savings taxes

    79% of New Zealanders want lower taxes on their savings, according to independent polling for the Financial Services Council in June-July, 2014. More than two million New Zealanders have funds in KiwiSaver. More than 750,000 adults currently have term deposits. While 79% want lower taxes on...

  • 41% say "force me to save"

    41% say "force me to save"

    The public resoundingly disagree with one university expert’s opinion that New Zealand does not have a savings problem and don’t need compulsory KiwiSaver. The Financial Services Council (FSC) has released results of research undertaken by Horizon on support for making KiwiSaver...

  • 48% say scrap KiwiSaver tax credit to fund tax cuts on savings

    48% say scrap KiwiSaver tax credit to fund tax cuts on savings

    A Horizon Poll commissioned by the Financial Services Council shows KiwiSavers support removing the annual $521 members tax credit (MTC) to fund lower KiwiSaver fund tax rates. $288,000 benefit from lowering tax on savings interest: These proposed changes would mean someone on an average income, if...

  • Sugar poll: don't tax, reduce serving sizes

    Sugar poll: don't tax, reduce serving sizes

    More than 850,000 adult New Zealanders believe they or someone in their household have developed health problems as a result of consuming sugar. However, they prefer reducing the amount of sugar in drinks and reducing the size of sugar-containing drinks to imposing a sugar tax to deter demand. A...

  • Serious illness equals serious financial trouble

    Serious illness equals serious financial trouble

    Key point summary: 972,700 households with annual incomes $20,000+ do not have income protection Each year the primary income earner in 14,980 of those households will fall seriously ill and be unable to earn for six months or more Those households plunge into The Great Financial Vulnerability Gap...

  • Third of households can't pay bills after 3 weeks' illness

    Third of households can't pay bills after 3 weeks' illness

    In New Zealand serious illness is 2.6 more times more likely to strike than a serious accident putting an earner off work for six months or more. The accident victim will get 80% of income from Accident Compensation. The illness victim without income protection will have their household income...

  • Public deeply split on carbon pricing

    Public deeply split on carbon pricing

    Changes to the Emissions Trading Scheme have gone into Parliament as a new poll shows that New Zealanders are evenly split over whether we should even have a price on carbon. Carbon News reports that Climate Change Minister Tim Groser introduced his Climate Change Response (Emissions Trading and...

  • Majority backs Auckland motorway tolls

    Majority backs Auckland motorway tolls

    A majority of residents will support low level variable tolls on Auckland's motorways if this reduces congestion and helps fund major transport projects, according to a Horizon Research survey just released. The survey of 1,016 Aucklanders was commissioned by the New Zealand Council for...

  • Kiwis believe new research saying they will live longer

    Kiwis believe new research saying they will live longer

    64% of New Zealanders believe new research which finds that they are living longer after age 65, a key factor driving the need to review the country’s retirement income systems. In remarks prepared for delivery at a conference of leading economists at Palmerston North today discussing fiscal...

  • Savings research results: NZ Super not enough

    Savings research results: NZ Super not enough

    Most people understand that New Zealand Superannuation will not provide them with enough money to live comfortably. According to results of a HorizonPoll survey conducted for the Financial Services Council, New Zealanders felt the average income needed to live comfortably in retirement was $632 per...

  • What Kiwis say about payments and media

    What Kiwis say about payments and media

    Here is what New Zealander say, when interviewed by HorizonPoll, on the issue of media employees accepting payments from non-media organisations. These are comments made when respondents were asked: To which of the following should members of the media declare any payments they receive from...

  • Capital gains tax attracts more support than opposition

    Capital gains tax attracts more support than opposition

    More New Zealanders support than oppose a capital gains tax. The first nationwide poll conducted since the policy announcement finds 40.9% support Labour’s capital gains tax (CGT) proposal , 34.1% oppose, 17.9% are neutral and 7.1% don’t know. The HorizonPoll survey of 1201 people on...

  • Less than 1% separates potential coalitions

    Less than 1% separates potential coalitions

    The two potential coalitions which could govern New Zealand after November's general election are less than 1% apart. The latest HorizonPoll of 1201 people on Friday (July 22) finds the current governing coalition (National, Act, Maori Party, United Future) would secure 44.4%. A Labour, Green, New...

  • Sunday Star Times on deals in high places

    Sunday Star Times on deals in high places

    Deals being done in high-profile seats such as Ohariu and Epsom will be critical to the next government, the Sunday Star Times reports. Ohariu, in Wellington, is held by United Future's Peter Dunne, while Epsom, in Auckland, is being vacated by Act's Rodney Hide and will be contested by former...

  • Budget unlikely to change KiwiSaver savings levels

    Budget unlikely to change KiwiSaver savings levels

    Research commissioned by the Investment Savings and Insurance Association (ISI) shows that while few New Zealanders support the KiwiSaver changes announced in the Budget, most are likely to remain committed to the scheme. Not surprisingly, the HorizonPoll survey found that 75% of those surveyed...

  • Act breaks through 5% support threshold

    Act breaks through 5% support threshold

    The Act Party now has 5.3% voter support. A new HorizonPoll conducted between Thursday and Friday shows Act is up from 3.7% in April after making Don Brash its leader. The first result for the new Mana Party shows it has 2.3% party vote support nationwide, ahead of the Maori Party on 2.1%. Mana is...

  • Wealth gap worries Kiwis

    Wealth gap worries Kiwis

    ACCUSATIONS THAT New Zealand is one of the worst performers in the developed world when it comes to the income gap between rich and poor have been validated by a Sunday Star-Times survey. Conducted by Horizon Research, it shows the burgeoning gap between the haves and have-nots is frothing over...

  • TV3-HorizonPoll surveys align on tax reform

    TV3-HorizonPoll surveys align on tax reform

    A survey conducted for TV3 lines up with an earlier HorizonPoll one showing few think they have benefitted from major tax reforms. The TV3 survey of 1000 voters by Read Research has shown 70 percent of voters haven't noticed any benefit from the October tax cuts, which Prime Minister John Key is...

  • Majority back Hobbit movie deal, but don’t want a repeat

    Majority back Hobbit movie deal, but don’t want a repeat

    A majority of New Zealanders support the deal the Government did with Warner Bros to keep Hobbit film production in New Zealand. However, a majority don’t want a similar deal done again. A new nationwide HorizonPoll finds 56.4% support for the agreement the Government made with United States...

  • More than half say they are worse off after major tax reform

    More than half say they are worse off after major tax reform

    Only 8.4% say they feel better off as a result of October’s major tax reforms. Some 53.5% say they are worse off after tax cuts and rises in benefits and GST. Some 35.6% say they are neither better nor worse off, according to a nationwide HorizonPoll survey of 1,558 people conducted between...

  • Should you be made to answer police questions?

    Should you be made to answer police questions?

    This new HorizonPoll nationwide survey covers new law proposed by the Government to help police investigate serious crime. We seek your views on some important issues: proposals to increase police powers; the deal done to keep the Hobbit films' production in New Zealand; how our main political...

  • Whopping 92% say Kiwis need to save more

    Whopping 92% say Kiwis need to save more

    Kiwis know they need to save more. In a current HorizonPoll on compulsory savings policy options, a whopping 92% so far are saying that generally there is a need for New Zealanders to save more . Only 4% disagree and 4% don’t know. After 300 responses (margin of error +/- 5.7%), it's too...