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Changing Face of New Zealand

Results from the 2018 Census of Population & Dwellings began to be published late last year, after Statistics New Zealand had completed its data quality checking processes. Participation in the 2018 Census was lower than previous censuses and as a result, Statistics New Zealand used data from administrative sources and different methodologies to produce a fit-for-purpose dataset.

The purpose of this special report is to provide highlights from the 2018 Census dataset in order to describe the changing face of New Zealand. Much of the data presented in this report is based on data variables that Statistics New Zealand has given a "high" or "very high" quality rating.

This includes the following variables: population count (usually resident), age, gender, ethnicity, Māori descent, and usual residence address (meshblock).

Where appropriate, we have also used projections to describe what New Zealand might look like in the immediate future.

View the report here

Latest media release

Spike recorded in New Zealanders' level of Covid-19 concern

In a new online nationwide poll of n=1,000 New Zealanders 18+, taken late last week and during the weekend (26-29 March), 92% of respondents stated they were concerned that they or someone close to them would become seriously ill from COVID-19.

This is a significant increase on the level of concern recorded the week before (86%) and maybe as a result of the fact that the number of confirmed virus cases has hit 1,000 and there is one recorded death.

In contrast, a drop has been recorded in respondents' level of concern about their household running out of food and groceries; perhaps because of the Government's messaging and the supermarket chains giving us their assurances that they won't run out of supplies. However, from 62% to 52%, the level of concern is still high.

The levels of concern for paying the mortgage/rent and losing jobs is stable, but still relatively high - all over 50%.

New areas investigated in this poll also point to the fact that New Zealanders are also concerned about the impact of COVID-19 on their children (86%).

See the full report here here

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