Topical statistics

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Topical statistics

Find statistics for topical events. Currently, you can find festive season and lockdown injury related stats on this page.

Festive season injury claims:

  • active claim costs for 2019/20 by holiday
  • claim numbers by holiday from 2017 to 2020
  • most common injuries.

Level 4 lockdown injury claims 2020 and 2021:

  • active costs of all claims for the 26 March to 27 April 2020 and 18 to 31 August 2021 lockdowns
  • new claims by region
  • most common injuries.

Caveats to this data.

Festive season injury claims

Our 2019/20 summer holiday stats show that New Year's Day has the most injuries and lumbar sprains were the most common injury in this time period.

We looked at the main holiday period of 21 December to 10 January, and included injuries on the key days, festive related injuries using keywords, and summer activities.

Injuries with descriptions relating to festive keywords include:

  • Christmas decoration
  • Christmas tree
  • Christmas gift or wrap
  • choking
  • turkey or ham
  • Christmas food
  • alcohol
  • fireworks
  • BBQ
  • Church
  • Hangi.

Summer-related activities include:

  • watersports
  • cycling
  • fitness training or gym
  • jogging
  • falls in the home
  • DIY
  • gardening
  • ladders
  • steps or stairs
  • animal related
  • lifting, carrying or strains.
Holiday day Cost of active claims for 2019/20
Christmas Eve $5,042,012
Christmas Day $3,998,377
Boxing Day $4,883,735
New Year's Eve $5,209,598
New Year's Day $4,825,935

By injury type

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By year

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Festive-related injuries

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Summer-related activities

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Nationwide Level 4 lockdown injury claims

Our all-of-New Zealand level 4 lockdown stats for 2020/21 show that most new claims were soft tissue injuries followed by lacerations, punctures and stings. 

We looked at the nationwide lockdowns of 26 March to 27 April 2020 and 18 to 31 August 2021, and included injuries by type and activity, as well as regional breakdowns of claim numbers. 

Lockdown claims
120,000
During nationwide Level 4 lockdowns in 2020 and 2021 we received over 120,000 claims

Claim numbers by region during lockdowns

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Claims by injury type during lockdown 2020

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Claim numbers by activity during lockdowns

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Lockdown injury cost
$316,343,052
The cost of all active claims during the nationwide Level 4 lockdown 26 March to 27 April 2020

26 March to 27 April 2020 Level 4 lockdown injury claims and costs by region

Region New claims Active claims Cost of active claims
Northland 4,425 18,265 $20,435,775
Auckland 28,310 98,469 $81,799,158
Waikato 10,097 31,338 $32,128,918
Bay of Plenty 7,042 21,328 $20,102,399
Gisborne 985 3,097 $3,624,515
Hawkes Bay 3,840 10,943 $10,202,012
Taranaki 2,362 7,492 $8,190,552
Manawatū-Whanganui 4,375 14,305 $15,881,027
Wellington 7,933 25,285 $25,083,873
Nelson/Tasman 2,209 6,642 $5,963,590
Marlborough 1,037 2,954 $3,339,566
Canterbury 11,305 36,109 $38,711,631
West Coast 556 1,947 $2,418,445
Otago 4,607 16,862 $15,819,980
Southland 1,671 6,015 $6,512,841
Lockdown injury cost
$168,973,755
The cost of all active claims during the nationwide Level 4 lockdown 18 to 31 August 2021

Claims by injury type during lockdown 2021

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18 to 31 August 2021 Level 4 lockdown injury claims and costs by region

Region New claims Active claims Cost of active claims
Northland 1,542 15,251 $10,630,431
Auckland 7,329 88,332 $45,979,914
Waikato 3,610 28,692 $17,416,192
Bay of Plenty 2,571 18,471 $10,783,926
Gisborne 377 1,866 $1,535,057
Hawkes Bay 1,373 9,920 $5,514,326
Taranaki 953 6,198 $4,244,565
Manawatū-Whanganui 1,568 11,749 $8,570,138
Wellington 2,689 21,751 $14,687,397
Nelson/Tasman 801 5,822 $3,186,454
Marlborough 374 2,600 $2,059,936
Canterbury 4,248 29,762 $19,188,071
West Coast 234 1,508 $1,157,454
Otago 1,815 16,146 $8,987,271
Southland 696 5,017 $3,357,242

'New' claims are counted by the date that an accident occurred. A claim may be lodged with ACC at any later date, so some claims may not have been lodged for these periods yet.

'Active' claims have had a payment made on them during that year. Active claims may have been lodged in a different calendar year and can be counted across multiple years. Therefore, active claims for each lockdown period may not have had the accident occur in that lockdown period.

'Costs' are based on payment date. Payment date may be different to the date of service. Costs don't include payments made for acute treatment in public hospitals. Costs provided are GST exclusive.

A client's age may differ between lodgement date and accident date.

'Region' is based on where the accident happened.

The data was extracted at a point in time and may change if re-run later.