On­line cen­sus cam­paign was big part of project

Auckland City Harbour News - - NEWS -

Al­most two mil­lion forms were com­pleted on­line in the 2013 Cen­sus.

Statistics Min­is­ter Mau­rice Wil­liamson says this rep­re­sents about 35 per cent of all cen­sus forms that were filled out and matches Statistics New Zealand’s tar­get.

At its peak on Cen­sus Day, March 5, the sys­tem han­dled 130,000 forms an hour.

‘‘A huge amount of work was put into mak­ing sure the on­line op­tion was se­cure, quick and easy, and the sys­tem clearly de­liv­ered on those goals.’’

Mr Wil­liamson says it is clear the on­line op­tion will play a ma­jor part in the next cen­sus.

‘‘Statistics New Zealand now has the enor­mous job of pro­cess­ing more than 5.6 mil­lion forms on­line and hard­copy, with the re­sults be­ing avail­able from De­cem­ber this year,’’ Mr Wil­liamson says.

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