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

Social, Emotional and Behavioural Difficulties in New Zealand Children
This report explores the prevalence of social, emotional and behavioural difficulties in New Zealand children aged 3-14 years. It presents the results from the Strengths and Difficulties Questionnaire (SDQ) in the 2012/13, 2014/15 and 2015/16 New Zealand Health Survey. The SDQ was part of the child developmental health and wellbeing module.

Regional Results 2014–2017: New Zealand Health Survey
This data explorer presents the 2014–17 regional results from the New Zealand Health Survey, for both adults and children. The data explorer includes information on health behaviours and risk factors, health conditions and access to health services. This data can be explored by district health board, public health unit or regional council.

Annual Data Explorer 2016/17: New Zealand Health Survey
This Annual Data Explorer presents the 2016/17 results from the New Zealand Health Survey, for both adults and children. The Annual Data Explorer includes information on health behaviours and risk factors, health conditions and access to health services.

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 2016/17 results provide data for people selected for the survey from July 2016 to June 2017. Over 13,000 adults and the parents or primary caregivers of over 4,000 children take part in the survey each year.

Survey methodology and information

Methodology Report 2016/17: 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 2016/17: 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.


2016/17 publications

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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