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2013 Census

The census was on Tuesday, 5 March 2013. The results of the 2013 Census will be released from December 2013.

If you still have completed forms to return, please call 0800 CENSUS (0800 236 787) and ask for a freepost envelope. If you have not received forms, call the 0800 number as soon as possible.

Or you can send your completed forms to us for free:

2013 Census
Private Bag 208 040

Auckland 2161

We are no longer accepting forms online. 

Thank you New Zealand for being part of the 2013 Census.

What is the census?

The census is the official count of how many people and dwellings there are in New Zealand. It takes a snapshot of the people in New Zealand and the places where we live.

By law, Statistics NZ must hold a census once every five years, and everyone must fill in a form.

Why is it important?

Population information from the census helps determine how billions of dollars of government funding is spent in the community. It is used to make decisions about services such as: 

  • hospitals 
  • schools 
  • roads 
  • public transport 
  • recreational facilities.

Census information is used to decide electorate boundaries. It is also used by councils, community groups and businesses to plan for the future.

Electorate boundaries

Census data is used to determine the number of general and Māori electorates. The boundaries for the 2011 General Election were set before the decision not to hold the 2011 Census was made. The review of those boundaries will take place after the 2013 Census.

The decision not to hold the 2011 Census also had no practical effect on whether Māori could opt to change rolls before the 2011 Election.

Māori electoral option

The Māori electoral option is administered by the Electoral Commission and gives people in New Zealand who are of Māori descent the opportunity to choose whether they want to be on the Māori electoral roll or the general electoral roll when they vote in the next two general elections.

The option will take place from 25 March to 24 July 2013. 


Read more about extra help that was provided for people doing the census in Canterbury.