Cultural activity linked to happier lives

Statistics New Zealand says about eight in 10 adult New Zealanders engage in some form of cultural activity, whether it be going to parks or movies, or taking part in dance and theatre and other creative pursuits.

The 2016 survey aimed at measuring the link between cultural life and social well-being, matches up with the rest of the world when it comes to this bottom line: Regardless of how much money you have or what type of work you do, if you are culturally active, you are happier.

News to smile about for thousands of New Zealand's Pacific communities heading into Polyfest and Pasifika 2018 next month.