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The purpose of this collection is to facilitate access to housing quality statistics for researchers and policy makers. This meets a primary objective of Statistics New Zealand's (Statistics NZ) Housing Statistics Strategy: improving user knowledge and accessibility to available data.

Statistics New Zealand is engaged in a two-stage approach to gathering better information on housing quality. The first stage is the collection of Housing Quality Statistics, using Statistics NZ data, and the second is the integration of external datasets into the collection. The collection contains all current statistics on housing quality held by Statistics NZ. It will be maintained and updated as further housing quality statistics become available. Statistics NZ is also currently developing a housing survey to provide a stocktake of the quality of New Zealand housing.

The term "Housing Quality" is subjective. "Quality" is a dimension of housing relating to its characteristics that have implications for human well-being. "Quality" on its own does not mean "good quality" or "poor quality." At present there is no single set of agreed criteria against which housing quality can be assessed. While legislated standards, such as the Housing Improvement Regulations 1947 and the Building Regulations 1992 (the Building Code), provide minimum standards that houses must reach for people to be allowed to live in them, they do not provide a clear definition of what constitutes an acceptable quality home.

The housing quality statistics in this collection cover a range of tables in sets:

Statistics New Zealand Data

Data sources include:

  • Census of Population and Dwellings 1991, 1996, 2001
  • Household Economic Survey year ended June 30 2001
  • Consumer Price Index (CPI)

Note: The Household Economic Survey (HES) tables used in this collection are taken from the year ended 30 June 2001 survey and are not revised. The 2000/01 figures have been revised due to improvements in the estimation methodology used. This collection will be updated with the revised figures in early 2005. For more information contact Statistics New Zealand.

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