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Preliminary views on content

Preliminary Views on Content represents Statistics New Zealand’s initial views on content for the 2006 Census of Population and Dwellings. This report is intended as a guide to the discussion and consultation necessary to help decide which topics will be included in the 2006 Census. Consultation with users is an integral part of determining census content. The content of the census is reviewed in each census cycle to ensure that it remains relevant and meets users’ needs.

Statistics New Zealand is inviting comment on the proposed content for the 2006 Census. The proposed content involves minimal change from the 2001 Census, with a focus on improving quality while minimising respondent burden. Users have indicated that they would prefer data continuity to enable change over time to be measured. In order to improve data quality in an environment where data collection is becoming increasingly difficult, Statistics New Zealand would like to put resources into encouraging participation and improving the quality of existing topics, rather than adding new topics. More detail on this approach is detailed in chapter 2.

The population census is the cornerstone of official social statistics in New Zealand and it is important that it continues to provide a quality benchmark for other data sources. There are a wide range of users of and uses for census data, ranging from funding allocation at the central government level to use by community groups for their own planning purposes. Population census data, in conjunction with the many other data sources available, is vital for fulfilling the needs of these groups.

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