Accessing HPA’s Microdata for research purposes

The Health Promotion Agency (HPA) is responsible for:

  • data collected to monitor and evaluate HPA’s programmes and campaigns
  • data collected in cooperation with others
  • data entrusted into our care by other organisations.

Data can be disseminated in many ways, including descriptive reports, fact sheets, data tables, journal articles, and datasets.

Where it is the custodian, HPA aims to maximise access to survey datasets while ensuring responsible use that protects individual information. This is regarded as an important way of increasing the benefit gained from the IP and Data collected. 

What information is available?

Click here for a list of datasets HPA holds. A dataset on this list may or may not be available to access, however please feel free to contact us about it.

Who can access datasets?

HPA datasets are potentially available for statistical purposes to researchers working within academic institutions, government agencies and the wider health sector, subject to certain conditions. 

Safety and security

Good statistical practice and HPA’s ethical obligations to survey participants require that information collected through HPA surveys, particularly personal information that could be used to identify individuals, is treated as confidential and stored securely. 

HPA must balance the benefits of Microdata access with its obligations to hold Data securely and protect the confidentiality of information supplied by individuals. Failing to adequately protect individual information potentially reduces public trust and confidence in HPA, and wider government, which in turn affects the ongoing quality of IP and Data collections.


HPA has developed a Data Access Policy for External Researchers, which can be accessed here. This policy applies to all researchers who request access to HPA IP and Data, and outlines HPA’s procedures for providing access to its survey data and the application and approval process.

How to gain access

If you are interested in accessing HPA’s survey data for your own research, please do the following:

  1. Read the HPA Data Access Policy for External Researchers.
  2. Familiarise yourself with any information about the data set you are interested in that is available on this website.
  3. Download and complete an application form and return it to us both electronically and in hardcopy.

If you have any queries about this process or would like to check the availability of the data set you are interested in, please email

Completed application forms can be sent to:

Research and Evaluation Unit
Health Promotion Agency
PO Box 2142
Wellington 6140
New Zealand