New year's resolutions reflect plenty of regional, personal
and gender-linked variety in New Zealand, a 2013 New Year
Colmar Brunton chief executive Jacqueline Ireland says New
Zealanders have some big goals for this year, but fewer than
half of us are likely to have made new year's resolutions.
The top five goals of Kiwis in this year's Colmar Brunton
survey were increasing exercise, increasing savings, losing
weight, eating healthier and reducing debt.
People had ''different goals and priorities, depending on
their gender, where they live and their age'', she said.
Aucklanders were the most likely to want to buy a house,
Christchurch residents wanted less stress and women were more
likely to seek health-related goals, the national survey,
involving 1024 people, showed.
Just 44% of New Zealanders made new year's resolutions for
2012, and people in households with school-aged children were
least likely to make such resolutions - 68% of them not
making them, Ms Ireland said.
However, many of the people who did bother to make earlier
new year's resolutions felt they were worthwhile, a third
saying they had achieved their resolutions and two-thirds
saying they had ''kind of'' achieved them.