Household Economic Survey population


The target population for the HES is the usually resident population of New Zealand aged 15 years and over living in private dwellings. This population does not include:

• overseas visitors who expect to be resident in New Zealand for less than 12 months

• people living in non-private dwellings (eg hotels, motels, boarding houses, hostels, and homes for the elderly)

• patients in hospitals, or residents of psychiatric and penal institutions

• members of the permanent armed forces in group-living facilities (eg barracks)

• members of the non-New Zealand armed forces

• non-New Zealand diplomats and their families

• people living on offshore islands (excluding Waiheke Island)

The survey is a sample survey that uses statistical weights to calculate income and expenditure estimates for the total New Zealand population. For HES 2017/18, we used the weights based on the Census 2013 population.

Since HES 2017/18 was also geared to capture asset and liability information in sufficient detail, the sample size of this survey was increased from 5,000 to 8,000 households.

For survey purposes, a 'household' comprises a group of people who share a private dwelling and normally spend four or more nights a week in the household. They must share consumption of food or contribute some portion of income towards the provision of essentials for living as a group.

Inclusive : Yes.

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