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.

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Latest survey results

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.

Amphetamine use 2014/15: New Zealand Health Survey
This report presents findings from the 2014/15 New Zealand Health Survey (NZHS) about amphetamine use in the last 12 months (past-year) in adults 16–64 years of age.  It also reports the mean age of past-year amphetamine users.

Regional results from the 2011-2014 New Zealand Health Survey
This publication includes key data from the New Zealand Health Survey at District Health Board and Public Health Unit level for adults and children.

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 2014/15: 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 2014/15: 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 2014/15: New Zealand Health Survey
The questionnaires and content guide give information about the content of the adult and child surveys.

The New Zealand Health Survey Sample Design, Years 1–3 (2011–2013)
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 unit record data from the survey for research purposes.

A confidential unit record file (CURF) of the 2012/13 New Zealand Health Survey will be available mid-2014, through Statistics New Zealand.

Read more about How to access survey microdata.

Go to Statistics New Zealand to find out how to apply to CURFs.


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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