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Te Kupenga (the Māori Social Survey) – information for participants
 Te Kupenga means fishing net. The late Pumi Taituha (Tainui) likened the gathering of statistics to the gathering of fish using a kupenga. The name Te Kupenga likens the survey to a net. The data and the knowledge is korero or food. The kai sustains and feeds the people so that they may live well. Good data and knowledge also sustains and feeds the people so that they may live well.

Why are you carrying out this survey?

The aim of Te Kupenga is to provide a picture of how things are going for all Māori across a wide range of well-being areas. We collect information on the social, cultural, and economic well-being of Māori in New Zealand.

Te Kupenga was carried out for the first time in 2013, and we collected data about topics where there had been little or no official information available before. We are carrying out Te Kupenga for the second time in 2018.

This information is vital for Māori communities, government, and others interested in Māori outcomes. It will be used to support the monitoring of existing policies and programmes for Māori as well as to help develop policies and programmes for the future. Researchers and policymakers will be able to explore what contributes to different well-being outcomes within the Māori population.

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

Stats NZ survey interviewers will interview 11,500 people across Aotearoa who were randomly selected for the survey. They were chosen from people who indicated in the 2018 Census that they have Māori ancestry and/or ethnicity.

When do you carry out the survey?

The survey runs from 5 June 2018 to 26 August 2018.

How can I complete the survey questionnaire?

Our field interviewers conduct interviews in person and record responses on a laptop computer.

The survey is bilingual, English or te reo Māori. Survey participants will be offered a choice of which language to use during the interview.

How long does the interview take?

The interview time is approximately 45 minutes.

Page updated 14 June 2018

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