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Post-enumeration Survey (PES) – information for participants

Why are you carrying out this survey?

We carry out the Post-enumeration Survey (PES) to check the accuracy of coverage (the undercount and overcount) in the Census of Population and Dwellings. Census statistics need to be accurate because they’re used to plan essential community services such as education, health, housing, and transport.

Results from the 2018 PES will be released on the Stats NZ website once they become available.  

Who takes part in the survey? How did you select me?

Approximately 15,000 households were selected in the 2018 PES.

In selecting the participants, we used a fair statistical method where every household in our country has a known chance of being included to participate in the survey.

We interviewed residents within selected households, as well as visitors in some situations.

When do you carry out the survey?

The survey is carried out every five years, after the Census of Population and Dwellings.

The most recent PES was after the 2018 Census, with interviews undertaken during April to July 2018.

How can I complete the survey questionnaire?

You’ll be interviewed by one of our field staff, who will fill in the survey questionnaire with the answers you give. This is a face-to-face interview by an interviewer using a tablet. 

How long does the interview take?

The interview generally takes about 10 minutes.  

 

Page updated 5 February 2019

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