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Preface

2018 Census report on final content outlines my decisions on the content to be included in the 2018 Census of Population and Dwellings. The decisions are based on a comprehensive process of consultation, questionnaire development, testing, and classification development.

The 2018 Census will be different. For the first time, most people will be contacted by mail with a unique access code so that they can take part in the census online, rather than have a census collector visit their home. We will encourage the majority of respondents to use online forms rather than paper. Moving the census online provides new opportunities for improving data quality and respondent experience.

With little change to census content since 2001, all topics have been reviewed and we asked our customers what topics they would like to see included in the 2018 Census. As a result, the 2018 Census will include some new topics and changes to several existing topics. These changes will improve the relevance and quality of the information we collect.

In determining the content for the 2018 Census, Stats NZ has continued to recognise the central role of the census in the Official Statistics System. Official statistics provide information for government departments, local authorities, and businesses to use in making policy and service-delivery decisions. They also provide measures of New Zealand's economic, social, and environmental situation.

Finally, thank you to everyone who participated in the consultation process. The information provided will help to ensure the continued value of the census and that it meets the information needs of everyone who uses the data we collect on census day.

I am confident that, with your participation, the 2018 Census will be a success.

Image, Liz MacPherson's signature.  

Liz MacPherson
Government Statistician

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