Previously agricultural censuses were undertaken in 1930, 1950, 1960, 1972, 1980, 1990, 1994 and 2002.
The target population for the 2012 Agricultural Production Census was all businesses engaged in 'agricultural production activity' (including livestock, cropping, horticulture and forestry) that owned land which was intended for agricultural activity during the year ended 30 June 2012. Forestry activity was recorded for the year ended 31 March 2012. An Agricultural Production Census conducted in 2012 was a full coverage
census of the same sectors as the 2002 Agricultural Production Census.
Kind of Data
Census/enumeration data [cen]
Unit of Analysis
The scope of the study was livestock, forestry, arable, and horticultural crops.
Agriculture & Rural Development
Forests & Forestry
Food (production, crisis)
Land (policy, resource management)
In the case of agriculture the Business Frame includes the following units:
• those units registered for GST (and filing a non-zero GST return) that have indicated involvement in agricultural activity;
• those businesses with more than $200,000 (approx U$S 163,000) of GST sales or purchases, or that are an employer, whose main activity is not agriculture but have indicated some secondary agricultural activity."Lifestylers" engaged in agricultural activity which could not be identified on the Business Frame or had been shown not to be engaged in agriculture with commercial intent were not included in the survey population. The eligible population when the survey population was selected was 61,000 units.
Producers and sponsors
New Zealand Statistics Office
Government of New Zealand
The agricultural production surveys include all units identified on Statistics New Zealand's Business Frame as having agricultural activity. The Business Frame is a list of businesses in New Zealand, based on their
registration for goods and services tax (GST) with Inland Revenue.
Complete enumeration of agricultural businesses registered for goods and services tax (GST) with Inland Revenue. The estimated proportion of eligible businesses that responded to the 2012 Agricultural Production Census was 84%. These businesses represent 86% of the total estimated value of agricultural operations. The information was collected by regular mail.
Dates of Data Collection
Data Collection Mode
Location and land details
Livestock including poultry
Supplementary feed crops
Grain and seed crops
Cultivation and direct drilling
Confidentiality of information supplied
Mailing address / Census contact Points:
1. Shannon McLeigh or Danny Ren
Auckland 09 920 9100
2. Statistics New Zealand
P O Box 91348
Auckland Mail Centre
Phone: 0800 333 104
Fax: 09 920 9195
Free fax: 0508 111 102
Disclaimer and copyrights
The user of the data acknowledges that the original collector of the data, the authorized distributor of the data, and the relevant funding agency bear no responsibility for use of the data or for interpretations or inferences based upon such uses