Statistics New Zealand runs the census every five years. The census is the official count of how many people and dwellings there are in New Zealand. By asking everyone to complete a set of questions about themselves and their household, Statistics New Zealand can capture a snapshot of who is living in, and visiting, New Zealand. The Statistics Act 1975 requires everyone in New Zealand to complete the census on census day.
The census provides a wealth of information to understand more about the people who live in New Zealand and to help make good decisions about where services are needed. The census also provides rich data for the research community.
The 2018 Census day is coming up soon on Tuesday 6 March. This census will be online. People will start receiving an access code letter from 23 February.
Find the following useful resources on the Census website:
Under an agreement between Statistics New Zealand and the NZ universities, an extensive range of statistical resources has been made available to AUT researchers at Statistics for Universities. Click the "Research Tools" tab above for more details.
Statistics New Zealand can create customised data tables for a fee. AUT staff and postgraduate students undertaking advanced research may qualify for use of AUT's pre-paid allocation for customised data. For more information please contact Ann Chen (Ph: 09-9219999, ext 8675, email: firstname.lastname@example.org).
Key Statistics Sources
There are many places to look for statistical information. The following are key sources of statistical information commonly used by university students and researchers in business, organised into tabs for specific subject areas or purposes:
Types of Statistics
When using statistical data in your research project, you may need to consider what type of statistics is needed, for example: