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Questionnaire module

Requirements

Year of arrival in New Zealand

The questionnaire module must obtain a ‘date’ from the respondent, that is, a year (via 4 blank boxes) and may also obtain a month (via 2 blank boxes).

Accompanying instructions should state that:

  • people born in New Zealand should not answer the question
  • people born overseas who are in New Zealand as short–term residents or holiday makers should not answer the question
  • people born overseas who now live in New Zealand as permanent or long–term residents should answer the question
  • people who have been to New Zealand a number of times should give the date they first arrived to live in New Zealand as a permanent or long–term resident.

In self–completion questionnaires, instructions should ideally be included in the question text, however if space on the questionnaire is limited, the provision of instructions in attached help notes is beneficial.

Years since arrival in New Zealand

At present a questionnaire module for years since arrival in New Zealand does not exist. It is recommended that years since arrival be derived from a question on year of arrival rather than asked as a separate question. Testing has shown that if a question on years since arrival is asked directly, respondents tend to round the number of years to the nearest multiple of five or ten. A question on the year of arrival should generate a more accurate response, from which years since arrival can be derived.

Years since arrival is derived by measuring the time elapsed (in completed years) between first year of arrival in New Zealand and the data collection.

Example

Year of arrival in New Zealand

The questionnaire module below is an example of a questionnaire module which meets the requirements documented in this standard. Other questionnaire modules may vary in format but should conform to the requirements contained in this standard.

Graph, Example Question.

Help notes

  • If you were born in New Zealand do not answer this question.
  • If you have been to New Zealand a number of times, give the date you first arrived to live here long-term.
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