Call for Census collectors
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.