Regular Surveys on New Zealanders

  • Charles Crothers AUT
Keywords: New Zealand, Official Statistics, Policy-making, Surveys, Polls, Public Opinion


Public and private decision-making are aided by a continuous stream of survey data on public opinion and practises.  Nevertheless, many of the studies included are of widespread interest and some of direct policy relevance. Most of these surveys are well-founded methodologically and well-resourced with survey activity in each sector often hosted by major State Ministries and/or by more operational agencies. However, this listing is only a snapshot as changes are often afoot and more generally survey operations have yet to recover from the Covid phase. A listing of current regularised survey operations is provided after pointing to several coordinating frameworks.

Author Biography

Charles Crothers, AUT

Emeritus Professor of Sociology

School of Social Sciences


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How to Cite
Crothers, C. (2023). Regular Surveys on New Zealanders. Aotearoa New Zealand Journal of Social Issues, 3(1). Retrieved from