New Zealand Cancer Registry (NZCR)

The New Zealand Cancer Registry (NZCR) is a population-based register of all primary malignant diseases diagnosed in New Zealand, excluding squamous and basal cell skin cancers.

This section includes information on what data is collected, the technical details about data in the registry and table of available data.


The Cancer Registry Act 1993 states that the purposes of the New Zealand Cancer Registry are:

  1. to provide information on the incidence of, and mortality from, cancer
  2. to provide a basis for cancer survival studies and research programmes.

NZCR is a population-based tumour registry whose primary function is to collect and store cancer incidence data. Cancer incidence is defined as the occurrence of new cancers in a defined population in a specified time period.

NZCR provides data for cancer incidence and survival studies, public health research, monitoring screening programmes and policy formulation.


NZCR was set up in 1948 primarily using information sent by public hospitals.



Cancer publications and provisional datasets are published on this website.

By Request

For further information about this collection or to request specific datasets or reports, email the Data Services team in National Collections and Reporting at [email protected].

Customised datasets or summary reports are available on request, either electronically or on paper. Staff from the Data Services team can help to define the specifications for a request and are familiar with the strengths and weaknesses of the data. There may be charges associated with data extracts.

The Data Services team also offers a peer review service to ensure that national collections data is reported appropriately when published by other organisations.

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