2018 Census is today

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Every five years Statistics New Zealand runs the census – the official count of how many people and dwellings there are in New Zealand. The next census day is 6 March 2018.

Our next census will be different. Statistics New Zealand are aiming to collect most of the census information online.

In February, Statistics New Zealand will send an access code to complete forms online, as well as guide notes and information about the census to every household in New Zealand.

Completing the census online will be secure, quick and easy and you will be able to take part on various devices including mobile phone, desktop, laptop, or a tablet. Paper forms will still be available for those who prefer them.

Statistics New Zealand and the Office of Ethnic Communities will be working together to make sure support is available for people who want some assistance in completing the census.

Why take part?

Good decisions are made when we know the numbers. Information from the census helps determine how government funding is spent across New Zealand. Because the information we collect is about everyone in New Zealand, it can be used to inform decisions and make plans about services and where they should be, such as hospitals, kōhanga reo, schools, roads, and public transport.

For more information about the census, go to www.census.govt.nz