Census 2018

Image of Census Team at Stats NZ

At Stats NZ, they supply some of New Zealand’s most important statistics, data and insights to people all over the country who use the information to help them make informed decisions.

The data they collect and produce helps people make decisions about our social, economic and environmental growth, but we’re more than just numbers.

Stats NZ know that behind every data set is a human face, a community, and nowhere is that more apparent than in the census – the official count of the people and dwellings in New Zealand. Every five years, we take a snapshot of who is living in, and visiting, New Zealand, by asking everyone to complete a set of questions about themselves and their household on census day.

The 2018 Census will be held next year on 6 March. Their engagement team are now in place, ready to engage, inspire and equip communities all over New Zealand to take part.

Over the next few months, the Stats NZ Engagement team will be working directly with communities to find out how they can make it as easy as possible for you to participate. They’ll also be reaching out through this newsletter to let you know how we’re progressing, and how you can get involved.

Kudakwashe Tuwe (Tuwe) will be leading their work with culturally and linguistically diverse communities to make sure that they’re reaching out through appropriate providers, networks and organisations to connect people with the information they need to get involved next year.

Tuwe, originally from Zimbabwe, joined Stats NZ from the New Zealand Aids Foundation, and has worked in New Zealand’s public and private sectors for more than 15 years.

If you are interested in connecting with Tuwe, please contact him at kudakwashe.tuwe@stats.govt.nz

Liz MacPherson is the Government Statistician. The legislation under which Stats NZ operates ensures that they deliver independent statistics and maintain confidentiality of the data supplied to them.

(photo): The 2018 Census engagement team with Government Statistician, Liz MacPherson (third from right) and Engagement Lead, Kudakwashe Tuwe (third from left).