How’s life in the digital age in New Zealand?

Unfortunately, a large number of indicators of opportunities and risks of the digital transformation are missing for New Zealand, limiting a comprehensive assessment of impacts, particularly for risks of the digital transformation. Where data is available, however, evidence suggests that people in New Zealand have high access to some of the opportunities of the digital transformation, but are also exposed to some risks. Internet use in New Zealand is widespread and the share of people with digital skills is among the highest in the OECD, while inequalities in digital skills are very low. In addition, many students have access to digital resources in the classroom, relative to other OECD countries. However, children in New Zealand are also exposed to the risks of the digital transformation, with 28% of 15-year-olds spending more than 6 hours on the Internet on a weekend day. People in New Zealand are less affected by some other risks. New Zealand has the second lowest share of jobs at risk of automation in the OECD and relatively few people have experienced digital security risks, although data for this last indicator is less recent than for other OECD countries.

Figure 4.25. The digital well-being wheel in New Zealand

Note: This wheel depicts New Zealand’s relative performance in terms of key opportunities and risks in the context of the digital transformation. The centre of the wheel corresponds to the lowest outcome observed across all OECD countries, while the outer circle corresponds to the highest outcome. For opportunities (in dark blue) longer bars indicate better outcomes, whereas for risks (in yellow), longer bars indicate worse outcomes. If data are missing for any given indicator, the relevant segment of the circle is shaded in white.


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