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Purpose and summary

Purpose

The next Census of Population and Dwellings will be held on 6 March 2018. This report outlines the decisions of the Government Statistician on content for the 2018 Census. The decisions are based on a comprehensive process of consultation, evaluation, questionnaire development, testing, and classification reviews.

Summary of 2018 Census topics

This census cycle is the first since 2001 where existing content has been fully reviewed. We reviewed all topics to determine whether they are still relevant for collection in 2018. We also considered a number of new topics. Table 1 lists the topics to be included in the 2018 Census. New content since the 2013 Census has been underlined; however, a number of other topics have undergone varying degrees of change to improve data quality.

Table 1
Topics to be included in the 2018 Census  

Broad topic area  Topic
Population structure

Absentees
Age
Legally registered relationship status
Name
Number of children born
Number of occupants on census night
Partnership status in current relationship
Sex

Location Address of dwelling
Address on census night
Usual residence
Usual residence five years ago
Usual residence one year ago
Years at usual residence
 Ethnicity and culture Birthplace
Ethnicity
Iwi affiliation
Languages spoken
Māori descent
Religious affiliation
Years since arrival in New Zealand
Education and training Field of study
Highest qualification
Highest secondary school qualification
Level of post-school qualification
Study participation
Work Hours worked in employment per week
Industry
Occupation
Sector of ownership
Status in employment
Unpaid activities
Work and labour force status
Workplace address
Income Sources of personal income
Total personal income
Families and households Child dependency status
Extended families
Family type
Household composition
Housing Access to basic amenities
Access to telecommunication systems
Dwelling counts – occupied, unoccupied, and under construction
Dwelling dampness indicator
Dwelling mould indicator
Individual home ownership
Main types of heating
Number of rooms and number of bedrooms
Occupied dwelling type
Sector of landlord
Tenure of household
Weekly rent paid by household
Transport

Educational institution address
Main means of travel to education
Main means of travel to work
Number of motor vehicles

Health Cigarette smoking behaviour
Disability/activity limitations
Note: New content since the 2013 Census has been underlined; however, a number of other topics have undergone varying degrees of change to improve data quality.

 

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