Call for Cen­sus col­lec­tors

South Waikato News - - NEWS -

Do you know your area well and are you keen to earn a bit of money in the New Year?

Want to work lo­cally, have flex­i­ble hours and make a dif­fer­ence where you live?

Then be­ing a col­lec­tor for the 2011 Cen­sus might be the six-week stint you have been look­ing for.

The cen­sus is the of­fi­cial count of how many peo­ple and dwellings there are in New Zealand and with less than two months to go un­til Cen­sus Day, Statis­tics NZ is look­ing for more than 220 col­lec­tors in the Waikato re­gion.

‘‘The cen­sus is im­por­tant be­cause in­for­ma­tion from it helps de­ter­mine how bil­lions of dol­lars of Govern­ment fund­ing is spent in the com­mu­nity,’’ Mick Alexan­der, man­ager Cen­sus Col­lec­tion Op­er­a­tions said.

‘‘It is used to help make de­ci­sions about which ser­vices are needed and where they should be, such as hos­pi­tals, ko­hanga reo, schools, roads, pub­lic trans­port and recre­ational fa­cil­i­ties.

‘‘Cen­sus in­for­ma­tion also tells you how your com­mu­nity has changed over the years, things like how many peo­ple live where you live, what sort of jobs they do and so on.

‘‘The cen­sus col­lec­tors are the face of cen­sus in the com­mu­nity,’’ Mr Alexan­der said.

‘‘From mid Fe­bru­ary they will visit ev­ery dwelling in New Zealand to de­liver an In­ter­net Ac­cess Code and paper forms so that peo­ple can take part in the cen­sus.

‘‘Col­lec­tors work in ev­ery part of the coun­try – from city sub­urbs to ru­ral ar­eas, hos­pi­tals, air­ports – even cruise ships and DOC huts will have forms de­liv­ered to them.

‘‘It is a huge chal­lenge but it’s also an ex­tremely re­ward­ing role and col­lec­tors are well-sup­ported by an ex­pe­ri­enced team.

‘‘Na­tion­ally we have more than 7000 col­lec­tor roles to fill and so far we have had more than 15,000 ap­pli­ca­tions but we need more peo­ple in ar­eas right across the Waikato,’’ he said.

For more in­for­ma­tion about be­com­ing a col­lec­tor for Statis­tics NZ, log onto www.cen­sus.govt.nz/ jobs.

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