Fi­nal round-up for cen­sus

Matamata Chronicle - - News -

The 2013 Cen­sus is mov­ing into a new phase as it starts a more tar­geted ap­proach to gather the re­main­ing cen­sus forms.

‘‘Statis­tics New Zealand’s team of 7000 col­lec­tors fin­ished their rounds last Sun­day, but a smaller team of up to 1000 col­lec­tors will now work in some parts of the coun­try to re­visit house­holds that have not re­turned their forms,’’ 2013 Cen­sus gen­eral man­ager Carol Slap­pen­del said.

‘‘Th­ese col­lec­tors can be iden­ti­fied by their yel­low ID badges and blue cen­sus bags.’’

You can avoid an­other visit from a col­lec­tor by post­ing back your com­pleted pa­per forms, or fill­ing in your forms on­line.

Please call 0800 CEN­SUS (0800 238 787) if you need an In­ter­net Ac­cess Code, pa­per forms or freep­ost en­ve­lope. The helpline is open daily 8am till 5pm, in­clud­ing Easter week­end.

Ev­ery­one who was in New Zealand on cen­sus night – March 5, 2013 – is re­quired by law to com­plete a cen­sus form.

‘‘The pro­cess­ing of forms will be­gin soon to tally the in­for­ma­tion that New Zealand needs to make de­ci­sions on health, ed­u­ca­tion and road­ing,’’ she said.

‘‘Well over 5 mil­lion cen­sus forms have been col­lected. To those peo­ple who went on­line, handed their pa­per forms to a col­lec­tor or mailed them back we want to say thank you.’’

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