National Reading Survey
Since 2016, our regular national research, now known as the National Reading Survey, has delivered insights on reading in Aotearoa New Zealand.
How are we reading in Aotearoa New Zealand?
Since 2016, our regular reading research (now called the National Reading Survey) has asked that question. We commissioned Horizon Research to compile research reports from a representative group of New Zealanders.
The latest survey was conducted in late 2021. It found that since 2018, the number of adults who read or started to read at least one book in the past 12 months dropped slightly, from 86% to 85%. Meanwhile, 94% of 10–17-year-olds read at least one book, down from 97% in 2018.
The numbers of Kiwi women reading had remained the same since 2018 but men’s reading rates continued to drop, with 79% picking up a book in the past year, compared to 81% in 2018 and 84% in 2017.
While maintaining the questions asked in previous surveys, the 2021 research had a wider scope, asking questions about languages read, how recent Covid-19 lockdowns and the ongoing pandemic have affected reading habits, and its importance to personal wellbeing.
This research into the reading habits of New Zealanders surveyed in October 2021 confirms that we remain a nation of readers, and one that loves to read to our children.
Read our research reports
Writers in SchoolsWe bring writers and illustrators to your students and staff, either in person or virtually.Learn more about Writers in Schools01
Writers in CommunitiesWe enable communities whose voices would otherwise be marginalised to tell their stories.Learn more about Writers in Communities02
Writers in Youth JusticeWe take creative writing to youth justice residences to encourage participation and produce books by rangatahi that reflect their lived experience.Learn more about Writers in Youth Justice03
National Reading SurveySince 2016, our regular national research has delivered insights on reading in Aotearoa New Zealand.Learn more about National Reading Survey04
Summer Reading ChallengeOur Summer Reading Challenge helps motivate tamariki to keep reading for pleasure during the school holidays.Learn more about Summer Reading Challenge05
The Reading DoctorOur Reading Doctor column addresses barriers to reading identified by everyday Kiwis.Learn more about The Reading Doctor06
Annual Pānui / LectureThe Annual Pānui provides an opportunity for one of our country’s leading writers to discuss an aspect of literature close to their heart.Learn more about Annual Pānui / Lecture07
Rāmere ShortsFancy a weekly creative writing exercise? Join us for Rāmere Shorts - it’s fun, quick and friendly!Learn more about Rāmere Shorts08
44K+School students reached
13Regions throughout Aotearoa New Zealand
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