Can you help improve intersex data and how it is collected in Aotearoa NZ?

Stats NZ’s request for feedback

What we are looking to do?

Stats NZ is testing a range of sex and gender survey questions, including intersex variation, as in the consultation paper. This is 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.

How can you help?

We want to check we’re providing clear information so people can answer an intersex variation question easily. We do need to gather feedback from people that have an intersex variation.

Your contribution helps us deliver a full and nuanced picture of people in Aotearoa New Zealand, so government, support agencies, and our communities are better informed, and can support initiatives and policies for positive change.

What is involved?

Our survey testing involves you 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 helps people to work through the survey easily from start to finish.

Our survey form is online and paper-based for you to choose your preferred option (the online form doesn’t work on a mobile phone). Note that you need to be at least 15 years old to participate.

 When and where?

We will be testing will continue until 5th February (there might be some flexibility with dates).

We’re happy to meet via a video call, or if you’d like to meet face-to-face, we have offices in Hereford St, Christchurch, and Gilmer Terrace, Wellington.


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

How to get involved?

Please get in touch with us at SurveyTestingSharedMailbox@stats.govt.nzif you are interested in being involved.