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New Zealand Census


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Database/ Data product:  New Zealand Census of Population and Dwellings

Data Provider: Statistics New Zealand

Description: The New Zealand Census is similar to Canada’s and is conducted every five years. Statistics New Zealand has created various Census products to meet the needs of small area data users, specifically Quickstats and the Meshblock dataset.

Quickstats provides overviews of New Zealand communities and includes text, tables, charts and boundary maps.

“The Meshblock dataset contains counts starting at the meshblock level for selected variables from the 2006, 2001 and 1996 Census of Population and Dwellings, rebased to 2006 Census boundaries. (A meshblock is the smallest geographic unit for which statistical data is collected by Statistics New Zealand. Meshblocks vary in size from part of a city block to large areas of rural land. The dataset also contains counts for area units, wards, territorial authorities, and regional council areas.)” This product allows users to download files of interest in Excel or Access formats, from which they can then construct tables to meet their own specifications.

Geographic units available:

Updates: every five years

Contact: Use the “Info request” form on website

Cost: free



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