The Health and Lifestyles Survey (HLS) is a biennial monitor of the health behaviour and attitudes
of New Zealand adults aged 15 years and over, and parents and caregivers of 5 to16-year-olds,
first carried out in 2008. The HLS is managed by the Health Promotion Agency (HPA) and
collects information relating to HPA’s programme areas of alcohol, tobacco control, sun safety,
problem gambling and nutrition.
The 2012 HLS involved face-to-face interviews with 2,925 adults (aged 15 years and over). Some
of these adults were also included in interviews of 553 parents and caregivers of 5 to16-year-olds.
This methodology report details the procedures and protocols followed to ensure the HLS
produces high quality, robust data. Specific analyses such as short fact sheets can be accessed
on this site.