The New Zealand General Social Survey (NZGSS) provides information on the well-being of New Zealanders aged 15 years and over. It covers a wide range of social and economic outcomes and shows how people are faring. In particular the survey provides a view of how well-being outcomes are distributed across different groups within the New Zealand population.
Housing and physical environment will be NZ General Social Survey 2018 supplement (published 2016)
Criteria we used for deciding that housing and physical environment will be the topic for the 2018 NZGSS supplement.
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Visualisations and tools
How do you connect? – interactive tool
How Kiwis connect – infographic
Regional profiles from the New Zealand General Social Survey 2014 – infographics
Well-being across regions – interactive graphs showing indicators of well-being by region
Social well-being in New Zealand 2012 – brochure and poster
Social well-being in New Zealand 2012 – interactive tool
Well-being tables in NZ.Stat – our web tool for creating and customising tables from large datasets.
Find out more about NZ.Stat.
Confidentialised unit record files and customised requests
Confidentialised unit record files (CURFs) – access unit record data available to researchers for NZGSS 2008, 2010, and 2012.
Customised data requests – email firstname.lastname@example.org
Data is available for 2008, 2010, and 2012.
Reports and articles
Explore information we've gathered from research and analysis.
Social networks and support
Reports about New Zealand’s social support networks and how they are used.
How do you connect? (published December 2015)
An interactive tool that lets you compare yourself with other New Zealanders in four types of support networks. All data is from the 2014 New Zealand General Social Survey.
How Kiwis connect (published December 2015)
An infographic that draws together information from a series of reports about social networks and support systems.
Decision on the New Zealand General Social Survey 2016 supplement (published 2014)
Find out about our decision to include civic and cultural participation as the supplement topic for the 2016 NZGSS. Civic and cultural participation will be the second cycle of supplementary content that rotates in and out of the NZGSS over time. The first cycle was the social networks and support supplement in the 2014 NZGSS.
NZ General Social Survey 2016: Objectives of the Civic and Cultural Participation supplement (published 2014)
Outlines the objectives and priority topics for the supplementary module in the 2016 New Zealand General Social Survey (NZGSS) – Civic and Cultural Participation (published December 2014).
Decision on the NZ General Social Survey 2016 supplement (published 2014)
Background to the decision to choose civic and cultural participation as the topic for the 2016 NZGSS supplement.
Objectives of the 2014 New Zealand General Social Survey’s social networks and support rotating module (published 2014)
Discusses the aims of the social networks and support module in the 2014 New Zealand General Social Survey (NZGSS). This module is the first cycle of supplementary content that rotates in and out of the survey over time.
Information about data
About the NZGSS
NZGSS data dictionaries
Source: New Zealand General Social Survey
Frequency: Every two years
Available from: October 2009
Geographic coverage: National