Usual residence one year ago
Usual residence one year ago was last included in the 1981 Census, and is proposed for inclusion in the 2018 Census.
New Zealand has high external (international) and internal migration rates by international standards. Therefore, accurate estimates of internal migration are essential for producing accurate population estimates.
The census is currently the only official data source on internal migration, as captured through ‘usual residence five years ago’ and ‘years at usual residence’. However, to calculate annual subnational population estimates we require an estimate of movements over the last year. This information is currently not available from the census or other official sources.
Our current recommendations relating to usual residence one year ago
- We recommend that usual residence one year ago is included in the 2018 Census.
See our preliminary view of 2018 Census content (page 19) for a more detailed discussion on usual residence one year ago information.