groupNew Zealand Census

New Zealand’s last census was held on Tuesday 5 March 2013. The census was due to be held in March 2011 but was postponed because of data collection difficulties arising from the Christchurch earthquakes.

Census data is used by Councils to plan services in their community - including what library services and resources their community needs! Keep an eye out for the release of census data later in the year - in October, new electoral boundaries (determined by census data) will be released; then general population data and social information will be released in December.

Thanks for doing your Census online

A heartfelt thanks to library users who came in and completed their 2013 Census forms online! Census collectors have walked the length and breadth of the city delivering forms to every dwelling so by doing your forms online, it means you saved them a return visit!

What is the census?

The census is the official count of how many people and dwellings there are in New Zealand. It takes place every five years. The information gathered helps with government planning for services such as hospitals, schools, transport and recreational facilities. It is also used to decide electoral boundaries. If you are not counted, essential services in your area could lose funding.

How does it work?

Census collectors deliver census forms and internet access codes to every household in New Zealand. In 2013 people could complete their census forms online or on paper, in English or Māori. Census forms started being delivered on 16 February and could be completed online between 16 February and 17 March.

Census resources

Educational and community resources
Information resources created by Statistics New Zealand to explain the census.
Previous censuses
Information from the 1996, 2001 and 2006 censuses.

Statistical resources

The New Zealand official yearbook can also be read in all of our libraries and is available online.

Historical censuses

Information about early New Zealand censuses
From our family history resources.
1901 Census for England and Wales
Official genealogy site of the Welsh and English census information for 1901. Comprehensive name index to over 32 million individuals. From The National Archives.
UK Census Online
This volunteer project aims to provide a free-to-view online searchable database of the 1841–1891 UK census returns. Provides the ability to search over the records transcribed so far.

The Source
Contains census and electoral rolls from United States, United Kingdom, Ireland, Australia and New Zealand.
Access this at any of our libraries.
Gale Megasearch
Search news, journal articles, encyclopædias and specialised reference sources. Suitable for school, business and academic use.
Use at a library or enter your library card & password / PIN.