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New Zealand Survey of Older People in 2000
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New Zealand Survey of Older People 2000 is held in the Data Archive under ID number 5058

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Producer: Statistics New Zealand
Contributor(s): Statistics New Zealand

The aim of the New Zealand Survey of Older People (SOP) was to describe the standard of living of older people and investigate the determinants of variation in their living standards. SOP was run as a supplement in the Household Labour Force Survey (HLFS) in the March 2000 quarter. All households containing a person aged 65 and over, who were eligible for and participated in HLFS, were eligible for selection for SOP.

Time period covered: February 1999 – February 2000
Geographic coverage: New Zealand
Observation unit(s): Household and individual
Universe (inclusion):

The target population was defined as the usually resident, non-institutionalised population aged 65 and over, and living in permanent, private dwellings.  Based on the population estimates, the size of the target population was approximately 421,100 older people.

Of the 4,124 older persons households (one that contains at least one person aged 65 or older) responding to the HLFS, 3,060 older people responded to the SOP questionnaire.

Universe (exclusion):

The following people were excluded from this survey:

  • people living in non-private dwellings (ie hotels, motels, hostels, etc.)
  • people living in non-permanent dwellings (ie tents, caravans not permanently sited, etc.)
  • people living long-term in homes for older persons, and retirement homes
  • people living in hospitals and psychiatric institutions
  • inmates of penal institutions
  • permanent members of the armed forces
  • overseas diplomats and visitors who expected to be resident in New Zealand for less than 12 months.

For practical reasons a small number of households were excluded from the survey, such as households in very remote locations and inaccessible by private car. The exclusions of these households will have negligible impact on the results.

Quality information
Kind of data: Survey data
Response rate: The response to the HLFS screening questionnaire was 91 percent of eligible elderly households. 75 percent responded to the SOP questionnaire. SOP covered 6 percent of the eligible elderly population.
Sampling error: For a selection of variables from the SOP questionnaire, an upper bound was calculated for the absolute bias in the variance estimate. Detailed information is available in a file stored in the Data Archive holdings.
Additional information: No information available

Cunningham, Cs, Durie, M, Fergusson, D, Fitzgerald, E, Hong, B, Horwood, J, Jensen, J, Rochford, M, and Stevenson, B. 2001. Living standards of older Māori . The Ministry of Social Development: Wellington.

Fergusson, D., Hong, B., Horwood, J. and Travers, P. 2001. Living standards of Older New Zealanders: a summary. The Ministry of Social Policy: Wellington, New Zealand.
The Ministry of Social Development. 2002. Comparison of the Consent and Full Datasets for the Survey of Older People and the Māori Supplementary Sample. The Ministry of Social Development: Wellington, New Zealand.
The Data Archive does not hold a digital copy of the New Zealand Survey of Older People 2000 publications due to copyright issues. All publications listed in this metadata file are available in the National Library of New Zealand.
Access requirements
Our standard conditions for access to microdata apply to the data and metadata contained in this study. See Access process for approved researchers.
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