We’re called upon to better understand what is happening in New Zealand in real-time.
We’re fact-checkers, myth-busters and we regularly provide insights to New Zealand media.

November 14, 2022

Is the petrol car as dead as the dodo?

New analysis by DOT shows the sun is clearly setting on fossil-fuelled motor vehicles. New Zealand new sales of low emission cars are skyrocketing and will overtake petrol and diesel sales as early as the middle of 2023.

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September 16, 2022

Use of te reo Māori in New Zealand media continues to grow

To celebrate Te Wiki o Te Reo Māori, DOT analysed 2.3 million media articles published between 2008 and 2022 to understand how the New Zealand media is contributing to the revitalisation of te reo Māori. The results show a huge media surge in the usage of te reo, which continues to accelerate.

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August 15, 2022

Find your Sweet Spot

Ever thought about where you’d move if you could live anywhere in New Zealand? Stuff has launched its Sweet Spots series today in partnership with homes.co.nz and Dot Loves Data.

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August 8, 2022

The rise of New Zealand’s middle class millionaires

We analysed the prices of 1.64m New Zealand homes and found that 45% now cost over $1m. This compares with 8% in the United States and 25% in Australia.

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August 1, 2022

Would you like some fries with that? Probably not, as the price of fast food increases with rising inflation

New Zealanders are feeling the pinch right now with consumer prices rising across multiple consumer sectors, as we've pointed out in this article.

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December 19, 2021

Hospitality in crisis: How can we save our bars and restaurants?

We share the data we hold quickly so decision-makers are informed quickly and accurately. This summer these guys need our support more than ever so we’re encouraging everyone to shop local, spend large and enjoy time out with your friends and family!

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December 6, 2021

A Reality Check on the Kiwi Dream

We’ve entered a period where the next generation, for the first time in New Zealand’s history, might be excluded from home ownership. We’re keen to make sure this doesn’t happen. To help, we’re partnering with homes.co.nz to shine a spotlight on New Zealand housing because we know good decision-making needs good insight and strong advocacy.

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September 1, 2021

'Lockdown culture' marks transformational shift in New Zealanders' spending habits as online sales boom

"Lockdown culture" has changed our online spending habits. We're up 43% over last years Level 4 lockdowns. We expect to see it accelerate at Level 3. Let's see if we're changed for good.

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July 6, 2021

Kaikōura most tourism reliant region, Aucklanders outspend Australians

Using the DESi (DOT and Eftpos New Zealand spending index), we've been able to take a look at how things have been traveling since the bubble opened with our cousins across the ditch. Things are a long way from where they were, with Australians hesitant to travel around NZ. Locals visiting locally remains the lions share of spend across NZ.

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