Trust in government institutions

The data in this indicator is no longer being updated.

Stats NZ is developing well-being indicators, Indicators Aotearoa New Zealand - Ngā Tūtohu Aotearoa, to track New Zealand’s progress. As the well-being indicators have similar aims to the NZ Progress Indicators and NZ Social Indicators, we are reviewing the future of these existing indicators.

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Why is this important for social statistics?

We measure this because when people trust government institutions (the public service), they’re more likely to take part in government processes. For example, they’re more likely to:

  • vote
  • use the services they’re entitled to
  • provide information about themselves that allows government to provide effective services
  • pay taxes, user charges, and licence fees.

This indicator measures the proportion of the population who, overall, trust the public service.

Downloadable file:

Excel icon. Trust in government institutions – tables (Excel, 3 sheets, 18kb)

Includes breakdowns by sex and by trust level.

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