Te Taunaki e anga whakamua ai te Ratonga Tūmatanui | Public Service Census 2021

Te taunaki e anga whakamua ai te Ratonga Tūmatanui means ‘the evidence that moves the Public Service forward’. Information gathered in Te Taunaki | Public Service Census will help us build the inclusive, diverse, and responsive Public Service all New Zealanders deserve.


Te Taunaki asks questions about you and your role, flexible working, work-life balance, career development, cultural capability, what attracted you to join the Public Service, and how you feel about it now.


To help us better understand who our people are, their experiences, what motivates them and why they’ve chosen to work in the Public Service.

Results will inform decisions that will improve the Public Service in areas such as flexible working, pay equity for people in similar roles, career development, hiring practices, and more. You are also helping us build understanding of the diversity of public servants and how we represent the people we serve.


In May and early June 2021. We expect most people to complete Te Taunaki within 15-20 minutes.


About 60,000 public servants in 36 Public Service departments and departmental agencies will be invited to take part in Te Taunaki, including New Zealanders working for these agencies overseas. Contractors do not need to complete Te Taunaki.


Te Taunaki is on a secure website provided by independent research company Research New Zealand. It can be done on any computer or phone with a browser. Anyone who is visually impaired can choose to view the survey in a larger font size. The survey will also work with screen readers. Those who have accessibility issues with the online survey, can complete the survey on paper or with a Research New Zealand interviewer over the phone.

An email invitation with a link to the survey will be sent directly to each public servant’s work email address.


Your privacy is paramount. Responses will remain anonymous and individuals will not be identifiable from the data. Your information will only be used for statistical and research purposes.

More information

Go to publicservice.govt.nz/census

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