2nd Chance Charlie

New research reveals New Zealanders want a second chance

Study by 2degrees shows majority would like another go at part of their lives  

  • Men are more likely than women to want a second chance at a relationship 
  • One in 10 would take the opportunity to go back and persevere at a sport, with millennials more likely than any other generation to do so 
  • Research launched as 2degrees and Three search for a rugby-playing 2nd Chance Charlie to win a chance at Super Rugby stardom

5 February 2020 – Second chances are hard to come by, but new research by 2degrees reveals the majority of New Zealanders wish they could have another go at at least one aspect of their lives. 

The wishlist ranged from the poignant, including ‘getting mum’s melanoma treated earlier’ and ‘not go to prison’, to the positive such as ‘learn more languages’ and the pipedreams, including ‘become a guitar legend’.

The research, which surveyed more than 1,000 New Zealanders across the country, found 69% of us would take a second chance if offered it, compared to 18% who wouldn’t. 

Of those second chances, almost 30% would choose a different field of work, while 16% would reconnect with someone they lost touch with and 12% would rekindle with an ex. Men were twice as likely as women to want to do this (16% v 8%).

Being a sport-loving nation, one in 10 (11%) cited this as their most important do-over if they had the chance. However, it appears the sporting regret fades with age, as millennials were far more likely to choose this (27%) compared to those aged 45-54 years (4%). 

Registered psychologist, Susan Wall, says: “Everyone wished they had a second chance at something – whether it’s something we did or didn’t do in our lives. For many, wanting to "do it", or "do it differently", never goes away, and the suggestion that "it" was something of importance to us, often aligns with who we are and how we define ourselves.

 

“For some, just the thought of having a second chance is exciting, and to actually have that second chance can be life changing – particularly for how we see ourselves, others and the world.” 

 

When asked about the potential impact a second chance could have on their lives, 65% said it would provide them with a greater sense of happiness, 37% said it would improve their financial status and one in five said it would give them a sense of fairness. Of those surveyed, only 4% said it wouldn’t have any impact on the life they lead.

 

“This suggests it’s worth giving some serious thought to having another go at the thing that will add to your happiness. Maybe this will spur some people into taking the plunge and retraining for a new career or having one last attempt at that sporting dream.” says Wall.


The results of the survey come as 2degrees – the proud sponsor of all five New Zealand Super Rugby teams - announces a televised search on Three to find New Zealand’s very own rugby-playing 2nd Chance Charlie. 

 

Building on the brand’s commitment of Fighting for Fair, 2degrees and Three will search for and follow five rugby hopefuls across the country as they compete to win their second chance at rugby stardom. The winner will land a 12-week development and training program with mentoring and coaching from Super Rugby staff.

 

Ben Wheeler, Chief Brand and Insights for 2degrees, says: “Everyone knows someone who dreamed of being a professional rugby player but never quite made it. With our Super Rugby sponsorship, we have the opportunity to do something about it and think it’s only fair to give the chance to someone who really deserves it. 

 

“The research shows that New Zealanders would love a second chance and we know the 2nd Chance Charlie story will resonate with sporting and non-sporting fans up and down the country.”

 

Susan adds: “This is not just about one person, it’s a much wider concept than that. It’s about all of us. 2nd Chance Charlie is amazing, but this message goes way beyond the rugby pitch and is something that will resonate with all New Zealanders.”

 

The quest to find a 2nd Chance Charlie will be produced by and televised on Three in the autumn, as 2degrees teams up with Three to search for the should’ve beens, the could’ve beens, the almost made its and the just missed outs!  

 

For further information and to apply to be New Zealand’s 2nd Chance Charlie, go to: threenow.co.nz/2ndchance 

 

Ends

Nominations for 2nd Chance Charlie are open from 5 Feb to 23 Feb. Applicants should have a ‘rugby background’ and must have played for or be playing at a club, senior club or representative group. To be a 2nd Chance Charlie requires a certain level of fitness, and so applicants will need to be capable of playing at a high level, with fast pace.  

 

For more information, or to arrange an interview with Ben Wheeler or Susan Wall, please contact; Adam Szentes, on behalf of 2degrees 

+64 21 265 1067

Adams@porternovelli.kiwi 

 

Data extracts

 

Extract One

If you could have a “second chance” at life, would you change anything?

Response

%

Yes

69%

No

18%

Don’t know

13%

NET

100%

 

 

Extract Two

If you could have a second chance at one thing, what would it be?

Second chance

%

To choose a different field of work

27%

To persevere at a sport

11%

To rekindle a romantic relationship

12%

To reconnect with someone I lost touch with

16%

Other (Please specify)

19%

Don’t know

16%

NET

100%

 

If you could have a second chance at one thing, what would it be? (Demographics)

Row %

Male

Female

Net

To choose a different field of work

25%

29%

27%

To persevere at a sport

13%

8%

11%

To rekindle a romantic relationship

16%

8%

12%

To reconnect with someone I lost touch with

16%

16%

16%

Other (Please specify)

17%

20%

19%

Don’t know

13%

20%

16%

NET

100%

100%

100%

 

If you could have a second chance at one thing, what would it be? (Demographics)

Column %

18 - 24 years

25 - 34 years

35 - 44 years

45 - 54 years

55 - 64 years

65+ years

NET

To choose a different field of work

11%

31%

29%

35%

32%

20%

27%

To persevere at a sport to see how far I could’ve made it

27%

10%

10%

4%

3%

13%

11%

To rekindle a romantic relationship

9%

14%

13%

13%

11%

11%

12%

To reconnect with someone I lost touch with

20%

15%

16%

12%

16%

17%

16%

Other (Please specify)

15%

17%

17%

22%

20%

19%

19%

Don’t know

18%

13%

15%

13%

18%

21%

16%

NET

100%

100%

100%

100%

100%

100%

100%

 

Extract Three

How do you think “second chances” can positively affect people’s lives?

Column %

Male

Female

NET

A greater sense of happiness/contentment

63%

68%

65%

An improved financial status

35%

38%

37%

A sense of achievement

41%

44%

43%

A sense of fairness

21%

20%

21%

Other (Please specify)

3%

2%

2%

Don't know

9%

14%

12%

I don’t think it can positively affect peoples lives

6%

2%

4%

NET

100%

100%

100%