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.
This indicator is updated every five years after the results of each Census are published. The next Census is due in 2018.
2001 is the first year that this indicator has been monitored in the Waikato region.
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.
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.
No changes are planned for this indicator.
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.