New Zealand Health Survey

The New Zealand Health Survey (NZHS) provides information about the health and wellbeing of New Zealanders. The NZHS became a continuous survey in 2011, enabling the publication of annual updates on the health of New Zealanders.

Have your say on the NZHS

Litmus are undertaking a review of the NZHS on behalf of the Ministry of Health.

They are seeking your feedback on the NZHS. They are interested in understanding how important the NZHS is to your work and the information you may need in future. 

They are collecting your feedback through a questionnaire that will take about 10 minutes to complete. The questionnaire is voluntary and you can withdraw at any time. Your responses will be confidential.

This questionnaire will close on 30 June 2017.

Complete the questionnaire.

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We have made minor corrections to previously published data. Please use the Annual Update of Key Results 2015/16: New Zealand Health Survey and the accompanying data tables for estimates for 2011/12, 2012/13, 2013/14 and 2014/15. The errors that were corrected are described in the Methodology Report 2015/16: New Zealand Health Survey.


Latest survey results

Annual Update of Key Results 2015/16: New Zealand Health Survey
This report presents the 2015/16 results from the New Zealand Health Survey, for both adults and children. The reports includes information on health behaviours and risk factors, health conditions and access to health services.

Amphetamine Use 2015/16: New Zealand Health Survey
This report presents findings from the 2015/16 New Zealand Health Survey about amphetamine use in the last 12 months in adults aged 16–64 years of age.

Tier 1 statistics 2015/16: New Zealand Health Survey
This publication includes online tables for the most important indicators from the 2015/16 New Zealand Health Survey (NZHS). These are self-rated health, smoking (current), past-year drinking, hazardous drinking, obesity, mental health status (psychological distress), unmet need for GP due to cost and unfilled prescriptions due to cost.

Private Health Insurance Coverage 2011–15: New Zealand Health Survey
This report presents findings about the private health insurance of adults and children from data collected between 2011 and 2015 in the New Zealand Health Survey.

About the survey

Information collected through the New Zealand Health Survey supports the development of health services, policy and strategy. Survey data is collected continuously but findings are reported annually.

The 2015/16 results provide data for people selected for the survey from July 2015 to June 2016. The 2015/16 survey collected information from 4,721 children aged 0–14 years, and 13,781 adults aged 15 years and over.

Survey methodology and information

Indicator Interpretation Guide 2015/16: New Zealand Health Survey
This guide provides detailed information on the definitions of all the indicators in the survey report. For each of those indicators, the guide also provides the relevant questions asked within the NZHS questionnaires.

Methodology Report 2015/16: New Zealand Health Survey
This methodology report details the procedures and protocols followed to ensure the New Zealand Health Survey produces the high-quality and robust data expected of official statistics.

Questionnaires and Content Guide 2015/16: New Zealand Health Survey
The questionnaires and content guide give information about the content of the adult and child surveys.

Sample Design from 2015/16: New Zealand Health Survey
This report outlines the sample design of the New Zealand Health Survey.

The New Zealand Health Survey: Objectives and topic areas
This report outlines the key information domains and topic areas in the survey.

Access to survey microdata

Researchers can apply to access the Confidentialised Unit Record Files (CURFs) from Ministry of Health population surveys after the key survey results have been released.

CURFs have had all identifying information about individuals removed, and have been modified to protect individual information.

You can view a list of available CURFs at Access to survey microdata.

Researcher access to these datasets is managed through Statistics New Zealand. Go to Confidentialised Unit Record Files on the Statistics New Zealand website to view the eligibility criteria, the protocol for applying for access and the application form to access microdata.


2015/16 publications

2014/15 publications

2013/14 publications

2012/13 publications

2011/12 publications

2006/07 publications

2002/03 publications

1996/97 publications

1992/93 publications

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