The New Zealand government is planning to count the number of homeless people in New Zealand.
Statistics New Zealand will work with Otago University, to get a better understanding of the numbers between each census.
In 2016 a study found that one in every 100 New Zealanders doesn’t have a home to call their own.
Housing Minister Phil Twyford said it was important to have a more accurate idea of the number of people sleeping on the streets.
The government will use the census, community surveys and sampling tools to collect data.
Mr Twyford did not know how much the surveys would cost, or when they would be completed but said it was important the research was done.
At this stage, the plan is to do a count every two years.