We're getting ready for the 2018 Census.

If you would like to know more about the test, or our plans for 2018, feel free to get in touch.

Checking we're on track

The next census will be different. We're building new census forms that will work on desktop, tablet and mobile, to make it as easy as possible for people to take part online. Given the scale of change, we're running a comprehensive testing programme for the 2018 Census to make sure we're on track.

Working with the Whanganui community

We're asking 19,000 Whanganui households to take part in this test, so that we can check the systems and processes we're developing for next year. By testing in one city, we can develop processes that we can then scale up to work across the country next year.

We're also testing how we contact people who live in different types of housing, like apartments and retirement complexes, and how we work with accommodation providers like hotels and motels to count the people staying with them on the day of the test.

Bilingual forms

We're testing our online and paper bilingual forms, where the questions are available in te reo Māori and English. The forms for the test are not the final forms that we will use in 2018. We are using this test to refine and review the content and language in both the paper and online versions of our census forms.

Paper forms

Paper forms will be available for this test, and in 2018. To request a paper form, households who have been selected for the test will need to call our contact centre on 0800 CENSUS (236 787).

Looking after the test information

The information provided during this test must be kept confidential by Stats NZ and is protected by the Statistics Act 1975. The data collected during this test will be held securely to help us plan for the 2018 Census. The data will be destroyed once the 2018 forms are finalised.

Find out more about how we ensure the privacy, confidentiality and security of the information we collect.