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Census 2011 Mapping

Supporting New Zealand's national Census


Boffa Miskell was contracted by Statistics New Zealand to supply this essential mapping tool for the scheduled 8th March 2011 Census.

The five-yearly censuses are the cornerstone of the programme of official social statistics in New Zealand. It is a huge task. For the scheduled 2011 Census, questionnaires had to be delivered to and collected from an estimated 4.5 million people and 1.75 million dwellings. Around 7,000 maps, in a mixture of A1 and A3 formats, had to be produced to assist those managing the operation and to guide the census collectors.

The 2011 census was cancelled due to the February 2011 Canterbury earthquake.


Statistics New Zealand has contracted us to update and check the massive data set which was orginally done for the 2011 census. The most significant changes have been in the Christchurch area, where census districts and collection areas have been changed to reflect earthquake damage zones.

More than 8000 maps were delivered on time to the Department of Statistics last October in preparation for the 2013 Census of Population and Dwellings.

The massive task completed by Boffa Miskell, in association with Wyatt & Wilson Print, involved hand-checking every map to ensure meticulous quality control standards.

Our role

GIS mapping and Network - Walking Analysis.

The facts

ClientStatistics New Zealand
Project teamBrian McAuslan
Project date2009 & 2013