New Zealand Census

2018 Census Day was Tuesday 6 March. The Census website has more information on what it is, why it happens, and what is done with your information. If you haven't yet completed your census, you can still fill in your details

The 2018 Census was different to previous censuses. Stats NZ aimed to collect most of the census information online and sent or delivered an access code to every household in New Zealand. Paper forms were available for those who preferred them.

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.

Historical censuses

Previous New Zealand censuses
Information from the 1996, 2001, 2006, and 2013 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.

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.