Have your say on the future of the census

Stats NZ is consulting with the public of Aotearoa New Zealand about modernising the 2028 Census.

Published: Thursday, 30 May 2024 | Rāpare, 30 Haratua, 2024

Stats NZ wants to find better ways of collecting and sharing data and statistics, such as reusing data that’s already available to help produce census information. Stats NZ will still use surveys and other options if the data required is not available or good enough.

As an organisation that uses data and statistics to inform decision-making in the interest of Māori wellbeing and development, we invite you to have your say on what the census could look like in Aotearoa New Zealand from 2028 and beyond. We want to hear from you on our proposed approach and what is important to you.

We’d also appreciate any consideration you may give to encouraging other communities or networks to share their views. You are welcome to reuse this content.

Consultation: Modernising our approach to the 2028 Census

You can learn more about our plan for the 2028 Census online. The consultation documents are also online.

Modernising our approach to the 2028 Census | Stats NZ

Submissions close at 5pm, 18 June, 2024. 

Supports available to make a formal submission

There are downloadable files in te reo Māori, Cook Islands Māori, Fijian, Niuean, Samoan, Tokelauan, Tongan, Tuvaluan.

Translations for the Future Census consultation 

Alternate formats, including Easy Read, are available to help people access information about the consultation in a way that best meets their needs. Formats available to download include Audio, Braille, Easy Read, Large Print, and New Zealand Sign Language (NZSL).

Alternate formats for the Future Census consultation


You can contact us if you’d like to discuss other supports available to make a formal submission.

If you want to speak to Stats NZ over the phone to ask questions about the consultation or submit a verbal response, you can contact us.



Other ways to have your say

There are other ways to have your say. ‘Your data, Your views’ provides dedicated spaces on social media platforms Facebook, Instagram and TikTok for everyone to kōrero about their aspirations for our long-term statistical future.


Stats NZ | Facebook

Stats NZ people will also be out in the community facilitating dedicated engagements with community organisations and appearing in community centres across the country.

If you’d like to speak with someone about engaging with your network of community members, you can contact us.