New Zealanders are being asked for their views on how sexual orientation should be thought about and measured to reflect our diverse society, Stats NZ said today.
Feedback from the Stats NZ public consultation will guide development of a new statistical standard to report in a consistent way on how people identify their sexuality.
“Stats NZ is looking for ways to produce data that better reflects all New Zealanders,” products, services, and insights general manager Dean Rutherford said.
“A statistical framework for sexual orientation will enable Stats NZ and other agencies to collect data that will give a clearer picture of the sexual orientation of New Zealanders.
Stats NZ is seeking feedback on a proposed framework for sexual orientation, terms and definitions, and the operational aspects of asking sexual identity questions.
The framework will in turn enable a new statistical standard for sexual identity to be developed, which will be used by government agencies and other organisations.
Sexual identity refers to how a person thinks of their own sexuality and which terms they choose to identify with, including lesbian, gay, heterosexual, bisexual, pansexual, or asexual.
People can complete an online submission form until 1 May 2018 at www.stats.govt.nz/sexualorientation
The final statistical standard for sexual identity will be released later this year.