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How we monitor

Where and how we collect the data

Monitoring sites

The data are collected across New Zealand by Statistics New Zealand1 as part of the Census of Population and Dwellings. The purpose of the Census is to collect demographic and social statistics, which can be used by Government, business and community organisations for planning and other decision making.

Monitoring frequency

This indicator is updated every five years after the results of each Census are published. The next Census is due in 2018.

Monitoring history

2001 is the first year that this indicator has been monitored in the Waikato region.

Measurement technique

The Population Census is a self-administered hand-delivered questionnaire carried out every five years. Statistics New Zealand tries to cover all people in New Zealand on Census night. Data are entered into a national database and rounded to ensure anonymity. Data are summarised into various levels including national, regional and territorial authority.

Only educational qualification data from New Zealand residents aged 15 years and over are included.

How this indicator is compiled

  • Data for this indicator was sourced from Sex and Highest Qualification for the Census Usually Resident Population Count Aged 15 Years and Over', 2013 of Statistics New Zealand's Census meshblock dataset individual part 2.
  • For each category of educational qualification, the percentage of men and women from the Waikato region holding that qualification was calculated as a percentage of the region's total population.
  • Similar calculations were performed to obtain the percentage of all people in New Zealand holding educational qualifications, and for men and women in each district in our region.

Guidelines and standards

None relevant to this indicator.


Not everyone who filled in the Census form in our region adequately completed the question relevant to this indicator. A total of 35,970 people (11 percent of people in our region) provided information for qualifications that were not identifiable,or did not answer this question.

There is no means of checking whether the data provided were accurate. Although it is an offence under Part III of the Statistics Act 1975 and people must sign a declaration that the information supplied is true and correct, some people may have falsified answers.

Further indicator developments

No changes are planned for this indicator.

Quality control procedures

Statistics New Zealand does not check the quality of the data supplied by individuals. Checks are made on the quality of data entry and on the analysis.


  1. Copyright: Information obtained from Statistics New Zealand may be freely used, reproduced, or quoted unless otherwise specified. In all cases Statistics New Zealand must be acknowledged as the source.
  2. Table Builder is a table construction tool developed by Statistics New Zealand and is available on the Statistics New Zealand website
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