Want to do lunch? Well, who would you most like to have
it with? Most New Zealanders favour All Black captain Richie
McCaw, according to the results of a national lunchtime survey
More than a quarter of people surveyed named the 2011 Rugby
World Cup winning captain as the celebrity they would most
like to have lunch with, followed by broadcaster Paul Henry
(23%), former model Rachel Hunter (22%) and Prime Minister
John Key (15.7%).
And 7.4% of those surveyed would go to lunch with reality
television celebrities Sally and Jaime Ridge.
The Otago Daily Times sampled the lunchtime crowd in Dunedin
yesterday,to discover local tastes.
The most desirable lunch companion ranged from political
activist John Minto and Mana Party leader Hone Harawira, to
McCaw and former All Black Jonah Lomu.
Politicians featured as the most undesirable lunch
companions. Mr Key, Deputy Prime Minister Bill English, Justice
Minister Judith Collins and Social Development Minister Paula
Bennett all got the cold shoulder in Dunedin. The national
survey found 34% of workers buy lunch only occasionally and 31%
spend up to $20 when they do eat out.
Dunedin lunchers ate out more regularly than in most other
cities, but more cheaply, with an average spend of $8 to $10.
About one in five (17%) New Zealanders take a full hour for
lunch, nearly half take 30 minutes and about a fifth (20%) of
workers take only a 15-minute break.
The favourite lunchtime bite was pizza (56%) and sushi (33%),
followed by the previous night's leftovers (24%).
Eight percent of those surveyed admitted stealing colleagues'
lunches from the workplace fridge. Twenty-five percent said
they would not take their colleagues' lunch because there was
nothing worth stealing, while two-thirds said other people's
lunches were sacred.
Just under a third said they ate lunch at their desks, 35.6%
ate at their desks when they were busy, and 34.1% liked to
eat away from their desks.
The online survey of 416 people was conducted for Domino's
Pizza last November.