Latest survey results

Household Food Insecurity among Children: New Zealand Health Survey
This publication explores the prevalence of household food insecurity in children aged 0–14 years. It also provides insights into the wider circumstances of children living in food insecure households, including their health status, development and unmet need for health care.


Annual Update of Key Results 2017/18: New Zealand Health Survey
This Annual Data Explorer presents the 2017/18 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.


Tier 1 statistics 2017/18: New Zealand Health Survey
This release covers the most important indicators from the 2017/18 New Zealand Health Survey. 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.


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.



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 results provide data for people selected for the survey period from July to June each year. 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 2017/18: 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 2017/18: 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.


Sample Design, Years 1–3 (2011–2013): New Zealand Health Survey
This report describes the sample design of the New Zealand Health Survey which has been in the field from April 2011.


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.