Cen­sus set to roll af­ter quake stop

Matamata Chronicle - - News -

It is just eight weeks un­til cen­sus day on Tues­day, March 5.

‘‘The 2011 Cen­sus was can­celled fol­low­ing the Fe­bru­ary 2011 Christchurch earth­quake, mak­ing the 2013 Cen­sus ar­guably one of the most im­por­tant in re­cent times,’’ gen­eral man­ager 2013 Cen­sus Carol Slap­pen­del said.

‘‘For Christchurch it means the city will have cru­cial in­for­ma­tion as it re­builds. Health, ed­u­ca­tion and other com­mu­nity ser­vices around the coun­try will also have what they need for their plan­ning.

‘‘We also know Government, lo­cal government and many oth­ers are keenly await­ing the re­sults of this cen­sus so that they can use the in­for­ma­tion to make well-in­formed de­ci­sions for our coun­try and com­mu­ni­ties in the fu­ture,’’ she said.

To achieve an ac­cu­rate count of the pop­u­la­tion in the 2013 Cen­sus, Statis­tics New Zealand is em­ploy­ing more than 7500 tem­po­rary work­ers in jobs in­clud­ing district su­per­vi­sors, com­mu­nity li­ai­son ad­vis­ers and cen­sus col­lec­tors.

Cen­sus col­lec­tors will visit about 1.8 mil­lion homes, de­liv­er­ing 6.4 mil­lion cen­sus forms (4.6 mil­lion in­di­vid­ual and 1.8 mil­lion dwelling forms), and in­ter­net ac­cess codes.

Col­lec­tors will be en­cour­ag­ing peo­ple to com­plete their forms on­line.

Cen­sus col­lec­tors will be­gin go­ing door to door de­liv­er­ing the codes and pa­per forms from Fe­bru­ary 16.

‘‘Ev­ery­one who is in New Zealand on March 5 2013 must fill in a cen­sus form,’’ Dr Slap­pen­del said.

‘‘We look for­ward to mak­ing the cen­sus re­sults avail­able from De­cem­ber 2013,’’ she said.

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