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Housing and physical environment will be NZ General Social Survey 2018 supplement

Housing and physical environment will be the supplement topic for the New Zealand General Social Survey (NZGSS) 2018.

Our decision to include this topic was based on:

  • extensive consultation to determine the need for and relevance of housing and physical environment information as part of the consultation on the 2016 NZGSS supplement (see New Zealand General Social Survey 2016 proposed content) 
  • analysis of existing data to clarify information gaps including assessment of currently available and upcoming administrative data 
  • consideration of opportunities to work with stakeholders to develop better housing measures.

Have your say about the housing and physical environment topics 

See New Zealand General Social Survey 2018: Objectives of the Housing and Physical Environment supplement to give us your feedback about proposed objectives and priority topics for the 2018 supplement. 

Email your feedback by 31 October 2016, to

Criteria for choosing a supplement

The key considerations we use when deciding topics for supplements are the immediacy and relevance of the need for particular information.

We use the following criteria to determine the choice of supplements for the NZGSS:

  • Is this information collected elsewhere? 
  • Why is it Statistics NZ’s role to collect this data? 
  • Will this supply Tier 1 statistics? 
  • What is the known policy need in relation to this data?
  • What is the potential for cross-domain analysis when combined with NZGSS primary content?
  • Where topics have been explored elsewhere, what outputs were produced, and what was their relevance? 
  • How will this topic build stakeholder support and customer relevance for the NZGSS and its products? 
  • How will this topic advance the ability to measure social well-being and/or perform a social monitoring role?

How difficult is it to collect the information?

Supplements must be able to be constructed within defined timeframes. Our resources and the sample size are finite. Any changes to survey design need to be considered carefully. Considerations within this include: 

  • Can we collect the necessary information within the available sample size (8,000) and supplement interview time (20 minutes)?
  • Are the definitions clear? 
  • Do any challenging conceptual issues need to be addressed? 
  • Could we use existing models/questionnaires/questions?

Schedule of previous and proposed NZGSS supplements

Here are previous and proposed supplements to the NZGSS, with the year the survey was held.:

  • 2014 Social networks and support
  • 2016 Civic and cultural participation
  • 2018 Housing and physical environment
  • 2020 Time use.

We will consult further on information needs for the 2020 NZGSS nearer the time of the survey.

For more information contact

Henriette Rawlings
04 931 4465

Updated 3 October 2016

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