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Census night population count

Definition

The 'census night population count' is all people counted in New Zealand on census night. This count includes visitors from overseas who are counted on census night, but excludes New Zealand residents who are temporarily overseas on census night.

Relationship to questionnaire(s)

Census night population count is a count of all individual forms received plus substitute forms created for usual residents.

Substitute individual forms are individual forms created by Statistics New Zealand where there is sufficient evidence that a person exists, but Statistics New Zealand has no corresponding individual form. Substitute forms are created to ensure every person and every dwelling is counted in the census. No substitute individual forms are created for overseas visitors.

Individual form (PDF 395kb). 

Non-response rate

There is no non-response category for census night population count as it is a count of the individual forms received and the substitute forms created.

Quality Management Strategy priority level

Census night population count is a foremost variable.

The Census Quality Management Strategy assigns a priority level to all census variables.

Foremost variables are core census variables that have the highest priority in terms of quality, time and resources across all phases of the 2006 Census.

All data must meet minimum quality standards in order to make it suitable for use.

Comparability with 1996 and 2001 Census data

There are no issues affecting the comparability of this data with 1996 and 2001 Census data.

Significant issues

There are no significant issues that users should be aware of.

Other things to be aware of

  • The census night population count for the Gisborne region was artificially raised, due to the presence of cruise ships in the Gisborne oceanic region.
  • The census night population count tends to undercount the number of overseas visitors.
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