Te Taunaki

Our te reo Māori name for the Public Service Census is: Te taunaki e anga whakamua ai te Ratonga Tūmatanui (Te Taunaki | the evidence). This means ‘the evidence that moves the Public Service forward’.

Ngā mihi whakawhetai ki Te Taura Whiri i te reo Māori. Our grateful thanks to Te Taura Whiri i te reo Māori | the Māori Language Commission for providing a te reo Māori name that encompasses the spirit of the census.

New Zealand’s first Public Service Census started on 11 May and closed in early June 2021.

About 60,000 public servants working in 36 agencies (departments and departmental agencies) were asked questions focusing on diversity, inclusion and wellbeing at work, a unified Public Service, and strengthening Māori-Crown relationships. The final overall response rate is 63.1%, representing the views and experiences of about 40,000 public servants.

Getting a better understanding of the diversity of public servants, their experiences, views and motivations, will help build a unified Public Service that truly represents the people we serve, where public servants feel supported to be themselves at work.

It will also identify factors enabling public servants to work to their full potential for New Zealand and New Zealanders.

The Public Service Act 2020 introduces new requirements to promote diversity and inclusiveness and develop Māori engagement capability in Public Service agencies. Information gathered in the census will help monitor how well these requirements are being embedded.

Te Taunaki provided a safe, independent channel for this to happen. Participation was voluntary, census responses will remain anonymous and individuals will not be identifiable from the data.

The census was conducted by an independent research provider, Research NZ, on behalf of Te Kawa Mataaho Public Service Commission. It was delivered online, with paper and telephone versions available for people unable to complete the online questionnaire.

Census information will be released in December 2021. If you have questions about results after the public release, you can request further information from us at census@publicservice.govt.nzIf you have any census questions please email us: census@publicservice.govt.nz.


Maintaining each individual’s privacy is paramount. Census responses will remain anonymous.

Read more about information on how we will protect people’s privacy.

Questions and Answers

Information for those completing the survey Questions and Answers.

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Te Taunaki questionnaire

Te Taunaki Public Service Census 2021 questionnaire [326KB | PDF]

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