“Gender diverse” will now join the “male” and “female” categories when Statistics New Zealand collects data on Kiwis’ gender.
It will also be used by government organisations. But is still being decided how it will be implemented and used across information collection.
Statistics NZ’s classifications manager Jo-anne Allan said the new standard is the first in the world for gender identity information.
“The term gender diverse is fairly new but we believe that over time it will be widely used and accepted. We recommend this term for official statistical use,” Ms Allan said.
“It’s a complex issue as gender identity is about how a person feels and experiences their gender, which can change over their lifetime.