What’s the census?

What’s the census?

Every five years, we run the census – the official count of how many people and dwellings there are in New Zealand. By asking everyone to complete a set of questions about themselves and their household, we can capture a snapshot of who is living in, and visiting, New Zealand.

Ia rima tau, ka whakahaere mātou i te tatauranga – te tatauranga ā-ture o ngā tāngata e noho ana i Aotearoa me ō rātou whare noho. Nā te tono ki ngā tāngata katoa ki te whakaoti ētahi pātai e pā ana ki a rātou anō me ō rātou whare noho, ka taea mātou te hopu he whakaaro kō wai e noho ana, kō wai hoki e toro ana ki Aotearoa.

Friends in New Zealand receiving the Census Access Code

The 2018 Census is online

This census is different. We are aiming to collect most of the census information online. We’ve sent or delivered an access code to every household in New Zealand. Paper forms are available for those who prefer them.

man in city car-park

Do I have to complete the census?

Yes. The Statistics Act 1975 requires everyone in New Zealand on census day to take part.

person completing the census online

Building a system that’s ready for everyone

We’re running the 2018 Census and want to be clear about the new online system that we’ve built. Our Government Statistician, Liz MacPherson, explains more about what we’ve done to prepare and our commitment to looking after your census information once you submit it.