Food Security Research
This data summary provides an overview of available food security related statistics and research. Both national data and local data for the Bay of Plenty and Lakes District Health Boards districts have been included.
Toi Te Ora Public Health Service research
Toi Te Ora is supporting Auckland University research, the Foodback project. Foodback involves the development of a smartphone app for crowdsourcing data on the healthiness of foods advertised and sold in local community settings (i.e., schools, hospitals, supermarkets, takeaways, sport clubs) and outdoors (i.e., around schools).
Food Cost Surveys - preliminary results received
The annual University of Otago Food Cost Survey has been monitoring the cost and affordability of food across New Zealand since the 1970’s. the 2016 report is available here.
In 2015, for the first time, data was collected across the Bay of Plenty and Lakes District Health Board areas, as part of Toi Te Ora – Public Health Service’s (Toi Te Ora) commitment to improving access to healthy food.
Monitoring the cost of food is important as cost is a significant factor influencing food choice and purchasing.
Preliminary results are now available here. A full report unpacking these research findings will be available soon.
Food Security Literature Review 2013
In 2010 Toi Te Ora completed a literature review of published papers related to food security. This led to the identification of key themes and the development of a plan for Toi Te Ora to lead, advocate and support improvements to food security. The literature review was updated in 2013.
Population Health Survey 2012
The Issues of Health and Wellbeing 2012 Population Survey aims to increase our understanding of local people's knowledge, attitudes and practices related to a number of public health issues. Key results relating to food security are found in the data summary (above), while the full report is available following the link.
Food Outlet Mapping 2004
As part of a broader study, Alcohol, Gambling and Fast Food Outlets in the Bay of Plenty and Lakes Region, unhealthy food outlet locations were analysed. Key results are found in the data summary (above), while the full report is available following the link.