More census collectors needed for large region
Queenstown Lakes collection applications remain open but publicity helped attract applicants in the south to help conduct the first census since 2006. While Central Otago applicants stepped up, people are still needed to collect forms in Queenstown and Arrowtown. Census 2013 Southland and Central Otago manager Lindsay Dow said 279 census collectors were required for the biggest geographic region in the country and organisers had to extend the application deadline. Publicity about the need for collectors meant most of the districts were now covered. It was estimated the population was about 132,315 with 54,823 occupied dwellings in the region, he said. ‘‘It’s vital that we have people to do this important job,’’ he said. The previous census was in 2006 and those who used the census data were screaming out for the information they needed, he said. Collecting roles involved parttime paid work from February 11 to March 24, and full training was provided. Census collectors would deliver internet access codes and paper forms to every home in New Zealand from February 16. Census collection operations manager Mick Alexander said trusted census collectors who know the area they worked in were critical to the success of the 2013 Census. ‘‘Becoming a census collector is a great opportunity to help collect information that will be used to make decisions affecting New Zealand and its communities,’’ he said. People interested in applying for a census collector role should apply at census.govt.nz/ jobs.
Everyone is welcome, providing they can read, write and speak English, and have access to a mobile phone, car and computer.
They must be able to work flexible hours and attend training sessions.
They may be a student or recent graduate, an employee or self-employed, a stay-at-home parent or caregiver, or retired.
New Zealand citizens and permanent residents are given hiring preference.
Work to do: Census 2013 Southland and Central Otago manager Lindsay Dow said publicity helped secure census collectors.