Male, female and 'gender diverse' - Statistics NZ reveals new classification

'Gender diverse' will join 'male' and 'female' categories in a new gender-identity classification released today by Statistics New Zealand.

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The new classification includes people who see themselves as different from male or female and will be used by government organisations.

"The new standard is the first in the world for gender identity information," Statistics NZ’s Jo-anne Allan says. "It expands gender identity categories beyond the current female/male boundaries.."

"The term gender diverse is fairly new but we believe that over time it will be widely used and accepted."

Ms Allan says gender information is personal and should only be collected when there’s a good reason to do so.

Statistics NZ will consider how to use the standard across its information collection.