1996 Census data

Every five years Statistics New Zealand makes an official count of the population and dwellings in New Zealand. Statistics New Zealand conducted the 1996 Census of Population and Dwellings on Tuesday, 5 March 1996. 


Data releases from the1996 Census, providing population and dwelling numbers for regions, cities, districts, and area units, and key characteristics of the New Zealand population.

New Zealand Now reports

The New Zealand Now series is a set of reports, which introduces and discusses a diverse range of topical subjects, drawing together results from the 1996 Census and from other sources.

Pacific profiles

Pacific profiles use the 1996 Census to provide information on the six largest Pacific Island communities in New Zealand.

Methodology paper

Following enactment of the Electoral Act 1993, Statistics NZ developed mathematical formulas for the Government Statistician to calculate the number of Māori and General electorates. The methodology, calculations and examples using 1996 Census data are available in The mathematics of electoral district allocation in New Zealand (published in 2000).

Reference reports

This series of reference reports provide detailed statistics on the characteristics of New Zealand's population, households and dwellings from the 1996 Census.

Regional information

The territorial authority leaflets provide a brief overview of the population characteristics of your area, and the standard regional tables offer a comprehensive range of regional tables down to area unit level.

Information about data

The Introduction to the Census covers the history of census-taking in New Zealand and contains census forms back to 1916. A list of the classifications and standards used for the 1996 Census is also provided. The 1996 Census Information Guide provides a list of all the variables availabe from the 1996 Census.