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NZ Statistics: Census

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Census

Key dates for the NZ Census of population and dwellings:

  • 1851: New Zealand's first census. Problems with administration. Māori not included. Figures not published until 1954 in "Statistics of New Zealand for  the Crown Colony period, 1840-1852" - Central Govt Pubns  3T5ws S
  • Since 1858 statistics of the official census have been published
  • 1858, 1861, 1864 and 1867 censuses published in "Statistics of New Zealand" - Central Govt Pubns 3T5ws S
  • From 1871 each census has been individually published - Central Govt Pubns 3T5w C
  • 1871, 1874, 1878, 1881 - then 5 yearly to 1926
  • 1931: census not taken due to the Depression
  • 1936, 1945, 1951 - since then 5 yearly
  • 1945 census was substituted for 1941 and 1946 owing to World War 2
  • For the early history of the Census see the General report pp.1-16 of the 1921 Census 
  • 1986 Supermap - the Census made available as a database for the first time
  • 1991 Census issued as Supermap II
  • 1996 Census: Supermap III (includes some 1986, 1991 census data). Central, Hocken, Medical & Science Libraries
  • Census data is available online from 1996
  • 2001
  • 2006
  • 2011 cancelled due to the Christchurch Earthquake
  • 2011 - alternative sources of data
  • 2013, 5 yearly from now on
  • 2018 - in planning

Print copies of the Census results, from 1851, are available from Central Library Government Publications.

Census 2013 and 2018

 Visit www.census.govt.nz for resources about the 2013 Census.

Find census information leaflets in over 20 languages, census awareness posters and forms.

Watch around campus for advice on how to complete your census online.

Census 2018 planning is underway.

Census help: thelma.fisher@otago.ac.nz 479 7237

Tokelau Census

The 2011 Tokelau Census of Population & Dwellings was held on 18 October 2011.