Do you have time to help improve how data is collected about our communities? 

  1. Stats NZ is looking for trans (including non-binary) and intersex people to help test possible sex and gender questions that could be used in surveys. It will take about an hour, either in person (in Wellington or Christchurch) or online / via video. You need to be 15 or older and available this month (February 2021). Stats NZ are offering a supermarket or petrol voucher for your time.
  2. There is also a very short online form to get extra feedback about a transgender status question. That online form is open until 19 February.

Information from Stats NZ about helping to test the sex and gender questions (1):

What we are looking to do?

Stats NZ are testing a range of sex and gender questions as per the consultation paper to help determine the guidance we give for collection of these concepts in a range of different surveys of people and the households they live in.

We aim to include both online and paper-based survey forms. Note that you need to be at least 15 years old to participate.

What is involved?

Our testing involves completing a draft form, in the presence of an interviewer (in person or video call) who will ask for your feedback on the parts we’re looking to improve e.g. wording. We’re also checking that the design and layout enables people to work through the survey easily from start to finish.

When and where?

Testing will be taking place in over the month of February, with Christchurch and Wellington office based tests. There will also be online/video options.


As a thank you, we will you give a supermarket voucher or MTA (petrol) voucher for your time and effort.

How to get involved?

Please get in touch with us at if you are interested in being involved.

Information from Stats NZ about the online form (2):

To complement the cognitive testing process, we have developed an online form to get additional targeted feedback from transgender and nonbinary New Zealanders on wording variations for a transgender status question and guide notes to support the standard. This will be live till 19th Feb. This may be a more accessible way for people to engage if they do not have capacity to be involved in the cognitive test process. It may also allow us to get further insight from minority groups that may not have been feasible with general participant recruitment.

The feedback form is not for the purpose of re-consulting on the proposed changes to the existing standards, but rather a means to refine the question formats and guidance that will be included for a question on transgender status specifically.

A link to the form can be found here.