Cen­sus in­for­ma­tion needed

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The 2013 Cen­sus is mov­ing into a new phase as it starts a more tar­geted ap­proach to gather in 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,’’ gen­eral man­ager of the 2013 Cen­sus 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 8- 5, in­clud­ing Easter week­end.

‘‘Ev­ery­one who was in New Zealand on Cen­sus night 5 March 2013 is re­quired by law to com­plete a form,’’ Ms Slap­pen­del said.

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

‘‘Well over five mil­lion Cen­sus forms have been col­lected so far.’’

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