More cen­sus col­lec­tors needed for large re­gion

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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 cen­ 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.

Photo: ROBYN EDIE 627481150

Work to do: Cen­sus 2013 South­land and Cen­tral Otago man­ager Lindsay Dow said pub­lic­ity helped se­cure cen­sus col­lec­tors.

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