The Cultural Experiences Survey (CES) was conducted by Statistics New Zealand in the first quarter of 2002. It asked people whether they had experienced a range of activities during a set reference period – 12 months for goods and services experienced relatively infrequently, and four weeks for activities experienced on a more regular basis.
People were asked how often they experienced these activities, whether they had encountered any barriers to doing so, how interested they were in New Zealand content and whether they had experienced the activities by any other means, such as radio, television or the Internet. Their responses were linked with data from the Household Labour Force Survey (HLFS) on personal characteristics such as age, sex, ethnicity, highest educational qualification, labour force status, income and location.
The results showed that 93 percent of the New Zealand population aged 15 and over had participated in at least one of the cultural activities asked about in the survey, including experiencing art galleries and museums.