Cen­sus col­lec­tors are out and about

Matamata Chronicle - - News -

A team of more than 7000 cen­sus col­lec­tors will de­liver In­ter­net Ac­cess Codes and pa­per cen­sus forms to ev­ery home in New Zealand be­tween Fe­bru­ary 16 and cen­sus day on March 5.

‘‘It’s a mas­sive lo­gis­ti­cal op­er­a­tion to en­sure ev­ery­one is counted in the cen­sus, but all the prepa­ra­tion work we have done means Statis­tics New Zealand is ready to take on this task,’’ Gen­eral Man­ager of the 2013 Cen­sus Carol Slap­pen­del said.

‘‘Peo­ple will be able to recog­nise an of­fi­cial cen­sus col­lec­tor by their yel­low name tag and the large blue bag they carry.’’

Cen­sus col­lec­tors will give ev­ery house­hold an In­ter­net Ac­cess Code, a dwelling form and an in­di­vid­ual form for each per­son.

‘‘If a house­hold com­pletes their cen­sus forms on­line col­lec­tors may not have to re­turn. The on­line op­tion is se­cure, quick and easy,’’ Carol Slap­pen­del said.

Ev­ery­one in New Zealand on Cen­sus Day, in­clud­ing overseas vis­i­tors, must fill in a form.

The in­for­ma­tion col­lected in the 2013 Cen­sus will be used to make fu­ture plan­ning de­ci­sions for health, trans­port and ed­u­ca­tion.

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