All set for cen­sus

Auckland City Harbour News - - NEWS -

The New Zealand cen­sus will take place on March 5.

More than 7000 cen­sus col­lec­tors will visit 1.8 mil­lion homes and de­liver 6.4 mil­lion cen­sus forms to in­di­vid­u­als and dwellings.

Col­lec­tors will visit ev­ery dwelling in the coun­try, in­clud­ing cruise ships, prisons, hos­pi­tals and apart­ments.

Statis­tics Min­is­ter Mau­rice Wil­liamson says it’s a huge job to col­lect the in­for­ma­tion needed by the government and other agen­cies to plan for the fu­ture.

‘‘The 2013 cen­sus is likely to be the largest ac­tiv­ity un­der­taken by any government de­part­ment this year as we seek to count ev­ery per­son in New Zealand,’’ he says.

A team of com­mu­nity li­ai­son ad­vis­ers are also work­ing to pro­mote the im­por­tance of cen­sus within Maori, Pa­cific Is­land and eth­nic com­mu­ni­ties. Th­ese com­mu­ni­ties have had sig­nif­i­cant un­der­counts in pre­vi­ous cen­suses.

Cen­sus col­lec­tors will de­liver in­ter­net ac­cess codes and forms from Satur­day.

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