This post follows on from On being Kiwi: A Survey
100,000 Kiwis have now completed the survey. That’s 1 in 45 or 2.2% of the population.
I didn’t study statistics, so I’ll leave the detailed analysis to the experts. The best I can do is look at the figures and gain a general impression of what we as a nation are.
Firstly, where do I fit in compared to other Kiwis? As most guessed, my closest fit is Egalitarian, followed by Globalist. I am least like a Traditionalist.
The results are broken down into several areas:
- Māori: assimilation vs biculturism
- internationalism: inward vs outward
- Immigration: pro vs anti
- Politics: libertarian vs socialist
- Imperialism: independentist vs loyalist
- Nationalism: universalism vs exceptionalism
- Sport: Apathetic vs enthusiastic
- Religion: secular vs religious
A sense of pride in our:
- nuclear-free status
- scientific and technological achievements
- lifestyle; achievements in art and literature
- political influence in the world
- fair and equal treatment of all groups in society
- economic achievements
- achievements in sports
- armed forces
Preference for our current flag or the proposed replacement:
Icons that we most closely identify as national symbols of Aotearoa New Zealand. Some of the symbols may not be familiar to you if you are not a Kiwi: All blacks; Beach holidays; Great outdoors; Haka; Kiwi; Pounamu; Rugby; Silver fern; The Queen; Union Jack.
How I compare with the typical Kiwi.
I want to explore some aspects of being Kiwi over upcoming posts, especially as there are some results I didn’t expect. Differences in sense of national pride, the flag ,and symbols, while of interest, are not particularly important to me and how I differ from the “typical Kiwi” is of no significance. On the other hand, those aspects covered under ideology are important to me, and I believe should be important to all New Zealanders.
A number of statements were given to which one had to supply one’s level of agreement. The choices were:
Strongly agree -> Somewhat agree -> Slightly agree -> slightly disagree -> Somewhat disagree -> Strongly disagree
I noticed that there was no “neither agree nor disagree” option, for which I’m grateful. Otherwise that would have been my first choice with too many statements.
Very briefly, my position compared to the NZ average is as follows:
I am significantly more in favour of biculturalism than average based on the following propositions:
- I somewhat agree that a history of discrimination has created conditions that make it difficult for Māori to be successful.
- I slightly disagree that Māori should not receive any special treatment.
- I strongly agree that Māori culture is something that all New Zealanders can take pride in, no matter their background.
I have an extremely outward view compared with the average NZer based on the following propositions:
- I strongly agree that refugees should be welcomed in New Zealand.
- I strongly disagree that New Zealand should focus only on domestic, not international, issues.
- I strongly agree that New Zealand should participate in humanitarian intervention efforts abroad.
I am significantly more pro-immigration than average based on the following propositions:
- I strongly agree that all immigrants can retain their cultural values without being any less of a New Zealander.
- I somewhat disagree that most immigrants these days don’t try hard enough to fit into New Zealand society.
- I somewhat disagree that immigration is a threat to New Zealand’s culture.
Perhaps the above are understandable considering the wife is an immigrant, as is a daughter-in-law. A little known fact is that almost one in four New Zealanders is an immigrant.
I have strong socialist leanings compared to the average Kiwi – much more than I thought. This is based on the following propositions:
- I strongly agree that in New Zealand, the gap between those with high incomes and those with low incomes is too large.
- I strongly agree that wealthy people have a greater obligation than everyone else to help those who are in need.
- I slightly disagree that no matter what circumstances you are born into, if you work hard enough you can be as successful as anyone else.
I am less of a loyalist than the typical Kiwi based on the following propositions:
- I somewhat agree that the British monarch should no longer be New Zealand’s head of state.
- I somewhat disagree that New Zealand’s British heritage should be central to its national identity.
- I somewhat agree that it is important for New Zealand to retain its ties to the British Commonwealth.
I lean towards universalism more the the average Kiwi based on the following propositions:
- I strongly agree that Kiwis have a unique set of values that distinguish New Zealand from the rest of the world.
- I somewhat agree that New Zealand is the best country in the world in which to live.
- I slightly agree that New Zealand is not perfect, but its values are superior to others.
I am only slightly more apathetic towards sport than average. T found this rather surprising, as the typical Kiwi is not as enthusiastic as I believed. This is based on the following propositions:
- I slightly disagree that sport is too much a part of New Zealand’s national psyche.
- I slightly agree that nothing brings New Zealanders together like a sporting event.
- I slightly agree that good sportsmanship sets New Zealanders apart from other people.
This is one result that did surprise me. Although I don’t believe in a deity, I am ranked slightly more religious than the average NZer based on the following propositions:
- I slightly disagree that society would be better off if people were more religious.
- I somewhat disagree that we rely too much on science and not enough on faith.
- I somewhat agree that religion should not have any influence in the affairs of government.
So there you have it. I have nailed my colours to the mast, warts and all. I’ll elaborate on what I consider the most important in future posts. If you have a particular interest in any aspect of the survey that you would my opinion on, please do ask.
Does any of what I have revealed surprise you or contradict what I have revealed about myself either here on Another Spectrum or in comments I have offered on other blogs?