Paraparaumu is the commitment capital of NZ - survey

Paraparaumu and Kerikeri are home to the men and women who value one on one relationships the highest.
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Paraparaumu and Kerikeri are home to the men and women who value one on one relationships the highest.

Looking to settle down into a monogamous relationship? A new survey has found the top New Zealand cities where you'll likely find the most men and women who prioritise monogamous relationships.

Dating website EliteSingles conducted an anonymous nationwide survey with 6000 registered members to discover the top 10 cities in New Zealand where people most value monogamy. 

Coming out on top was Paraparaumu, which ranked monogamy the highest. The survey also revealed the North Island town has the country's most monogamous men.

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Paraparaumu women didn't rate the importance of exclusive relationships as highly, ranking seventh on the list. 

The city where women are most likely to be mad for monogamy is Kerikeri.

The study asked randomly selected participants to what extent they agreed with the statement 'I believe that monogamy is essential in a relationship'. These scores were then averaged out by area.

When it came to uncovering why Paraparaumu was such a hotbed of monogamy, counsellor Derek Borland was at a loss.

Borland said his Kapiti Coast practice had actually been busier this year, including a lot of relationship work. But this wasn't necessarily a sign that monogamy was on the way out. He thought residents might be more prepared to invest time and money to save their relationships.

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That had worked out well for local Barbara Thomas - married to husband Peter for 48 years. It was an age thing, she said.

"I would think it is primarily the higher numbers of older people here who hold on to traditional values." 

She said couples nowadays were more likely to separate when there was conflict, rather than work through it. 

EliteSingles NZ editor Sophie Watson said it was not surprising Paraparaumu and Paraparaumu Beach came out on top.

"Our average user does tend to be slightly more mature than on some dating sites, with the majority of our users giving serious thought to settling down. 

"Our age range aligns quite nice with the Kapiti Coast's demographics, so I think it's quite natural that this area is home to people that both use our site and are interested in monogamy." 

Only areas with 25 responses or more were included in geographic averages. 

TOP 10 CITIES TO FIND THE MOST MONOGAMOUS PEOPLE
1. Paraparaumu
2. Kerikeri
3. Te Awamutu
4. Rangiora
5. Wellington
6. Hastings
7. Pukekohe
8. Tauranga
9. Blenheim
10. Nelson

TOP 10 CITIES TO FIND THE MOST MONOGAMOUS MEN
1. Paraparaumu
2. Wanaka
3. Wellington
4. Lower Hutt
5. Hastings
6. Dunedin
7. Whakatane
8. Tauranga
9. Pukekohe
10. Te Awamutu

TOP 10 CITIES TO FIND THE MOST MONOGAMOUS WOMEN 
1. Kerikeri
2. Te Awamutu
3. Blenheim
4. Queenstown
5. Pukekohe
6. Nelson
7. Paraparaumu
8. Rangiora
9. Tauranga
10. Christchurch

 - Stuff

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