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Auckland Council

Census test (August 2016)

About this survey

We use census data to help plan services, such as disaster preparation and transport infrastructure, through to libraries providing resources that meet the needs of their local communities.

In July and August 2016, the People's Panel collaborated with Statistics New Zealand in running a test to help prepare for the 2018 Census.

Information was required to see whether the new and changed questions they've developed are ready to be included in the next census.

Key findings

  • People's Panel members filled in test census forms and helped test new questions on topics such as housing quality and sexual orientation.
  • Information was collected during the completion of the online forms, such as the length of time it took and any issues with different devices used.
  • Typically completing the individual, dwelling and household forms on mobile phones took around 30 seconds longer for each form than on a desktop or tablet.