1 Poll reveals Kiwis’ thoughts on New Zealand’s name change to Aotearoa | 1 NEWS


It’s on our sports fields and on our TV screens, and now a new 1News Colmar Brunton poll reveals what New Zealanders think about having Aotearoa in our official name.

New Zealand region from Earth orbit in space at sunrise. To file. Source: istock.com


The audience was asked, “What do you think the country should officially be called? “

September 2021 results 1News Colmar Brunton survey. Source: 1 NEWS


More than half voted to keep New Zealand’s name at 58%.

However, others have opted for Aotearoa to be in the mix at 41%.

A closer look at this figure reveals that only 9% of people wanted to completely change the name New Zealand to Aotearoa. 31% wanted to see a double-barreled name – Aotearoa New Zealand. * Percentages do not correspond to 100% due to rounding

September 2021 results 1News Colmar Brunton survey. Source: 1 NEWS


The prime minister says she prefers to use both names and hopes the country will follow suit.

“For me, I would like to continue to see it used interchangeably and so whether or not there should be an official name change really becomes a moot point, as it just becomes part of how we refer to. our country, ”said Jacinda Ardern.

Earlier this month, the Maori Party launched a petition calling on Parliament to change New Zealand to Aotearoa.

Co-leader Rawiri Waititi said the party has received a lot of support with over 60,000 people signing the petition to date.

“It’s the Pacific, it’s Polynesia, it’s not Europe and it’s Aotearoa,” he said.

Co-leader Debbie Ngarewa Packer responded to the 1News Colmar Brunton poll results saying it reflects an older generational view, while also highlighting a desired change from young people.

“This is obvious to the younger population. What we have is an ilk, and unfortunately, it is often those who have been interviewed, who are older and who do not want to change.

“If it’s not Aotearoa now, then when?” When is it okay for us to be Maori and express ourselves? “

The party also wants the official names of the cities to be replaced with their original Maori names by 2026.

Former Deputy Prime Minister Winston Peters launched his own petition in response to Te Paati Māori’s petition, with the aim of “keeping New Zealand”. He called the proposed name change “radical left-wing bull dust.” It has received over 16,000 signatures.

Between September 22 and 26, 2021, 1,001 eligible voters were surveyed by mobile phone (501) and online (500). The maximum sampling error is approximately ± 3.1% at the 95% confidence level. The data has been weighted to align with the Stats NZ population counts for age, sex, region and ethnic identification. The sample for mobile phones is selected by random numbering using probability sampling, and the online sample is collected using an online panel.

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