Citizenship/ residence status
Interest in information on citizenship was identified during consultation for the previous two censuses.
The types of organisations that have expressed a strong interest in this data include central government agencies, community groups, private organisations, and researchers.
However, there are difficulties in measuring citizenship. For example, some people not born in New Zealand have citizenship of right. Others have lived in New Zealand for many decades and have never taken citizenship. A significant population of people are here on other residence provisions.
The argument can be made that the census is not the best way to collect the detail to distinguish between different citizenship, residency, and visa statuses. Multiple questions would be required to meet all information needs, and these would be difficult and overly technical for respondents.
Our current recommendations relating to citizenship/ residence status
- We recommend that citizenship not be included in the 2018 Census.
See our preliminary view of 2018 Census content (pages 27-28) for a more detailed discussion on citizenship/ residence status information