Earth­quake postpones cen­sus

Matamata Chronicle - - News -

The sched­uled five-yearly cen­sus has been can­celled due to the Christchurch earth­quake.

Sta­tis­tics Min­is­ter Mau­rice Wil­liamson said the de­ci­sion fol­lowed ad­vice from Gov­ern­ment Statis­ti­cian Geoff Bas­cand that the five-yearly cen­sus, due to have been held yester- day, March 8, could not go ahead

‘‘This is not the time to go door to door ask­ing New Zealan­ders for in­for­ma­tion when they’re deal­ing with the af­ter­math of the earth­quake,’’ Mr Wil­liamson said.

The resched­uled date for cen­sus is yet to be an­nounced.

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