About 2013 Census
The New Zealand Census of Population and Dwellings was on Tuesday, 5 March 2013.
Please mail completed census forms back free of charge.
The last census was held in 2006. The census planned for 2011 was not held due to the Christchurch earthquake on 22 February 2011.
2013 Census products and services release schedule – census results will be released progressively over an 18-month period from 3 December 2013 to June 2015. The schedule will be updated on a regular basis.
More information is available about the 2013 Census products and services.
2013 forms and census content
The 2013 Census forms are the same as those developed for the 2011 Census, with date changes only. View samples of and information about the 2013 Census forms.
Counting everyone in Canterbury – here's how Statistics NZ responded to the challenge of counting everyone in Canterbury on census day 5 March 2013, given the impact of the Canterbury earthquakes. Extra guide notes were available to help people displaced by the Canterbury earthquakes fill in their forms.
The process we used to develop content for the 2011 Census was reused for the 2013 Census. View information about our content development process for 2011 Census.
Investigating the value of providing a census Internet option for small mobile devices – this report presents research on ways that people access the Internet on small mobile devices.
Information about the census
Introduction to the New Zealand Census gives you more information about the 2013 Census. It provides information about what happens to your census forms, each phase of the census cycle, and the history of the census in New Zealand.
2013 Census Post-enumeration Survey (PES) provides an important check on the accuracy of the Census of Population and Dwellings. Interviews for the 2013 PES were undertaken at approximately 15,000 dwellings selected from throughout New Zealand, between 9 April and 6 May 2013.
2013 Census frequently asked questions provides general information about the census, including what census information is used for, how it is kept confidential, and how we decide which questions to ask.
Census Advisory newsletter
The Census Advisory email newsletter gives subscribers updates about the Census of Population and Dwellings.