Census 2013

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First Census 2013 data published, with more to follow over the next 18 months.

The number of people living in New Zealand on census night 2013 was 4,242,048. This was 214,101 more than at the last census seven years ago.

The increase in population means that at the general election next year there will be a total of 71 electorates. There will be one new North Island electorate, up from 47 at the last election. The number of Māori electorates will stay at seven, and the number of general electorates in the South Island is fixed at 16 by the Electoral Act 1993.

This is the first information released from the 2013 Census – the official count of how many people and dwellings there are in New Zealand.

“It’s been seven years since the last census and a huge number of people and organisations – including central and local government, businesses, iwi, and community groups – are eagerly waiting for this information. It is also an important part of the electoral process,” Government Statistician Liz MacPherson said.

More detailed census information will be available from 15 October. To find out when data releases will be happening go to Statistics New Zealand.

Data releases of particular interest to the Office of Ethnic Affairs include:

15 April 2014 QuickStats about Culture Text, simple tables, graphs, and Excel tables with information such as ethnic group, birthplace, language spoken, and religion.
19 August 2014 Ethnic Group Profiles Text, simple tables, and graphs covering a range of topics for each ethnic group that had a population of 3,000 or more in the 2013 Census.

Links to Quickstats about Culture and Identity and the Ethnic Group Profiles will be available through the Office of Ethnic Affairs website once they are published.

Census 2013 data releases

Quickstats About Greater Christchurch

New Zealand in Profile 2014 or PDF (3.3mb)

Electorates and electoral populations

Usually resident population counts

Quickstats about national highlights

New Zealand as a village of 100 people

Census totals by topic

Quickstats about Culture and Identity

New Zealand's Ethnic Groups