All people will be asked if their homes are damp or mouldy for the first time in the upcoming census.
A new topic will be included for the first time since 2001 and will “contribute to a national picture of the state of homes” around New Zealand in the 2018 census, government statistician Liz MacPherson announced this week.
She says the new data will help “gather robust, independent information that can inform decision-making”.
“Our consultation highlighted the importance of collecting information on aspects of housing quality that affect health, and that the highest priorities were information about mould, dampness, and access to basic amenities,” Ms MacPherson said.
Other topics, including questions on sexual orientation and gender identity, will not be included in the 2018 census, as the quality of the information was not guaranteed.