Hon Maurice Williamson
Minister of Statistics
Decision on 2011
Statistics Minister Maurice
Williamson and Government Statistician Geoff Bascand today
announced the 8 March 2011 Census will not be held.
Mr Williamson said Mr Bascand had advised him the census
could not be successfully completed because of the recent
The decision has been made
after extensive consultation.
“This is not the
time to go door to door asking New Zealanders for
information when they’re dealing with the aftermath of the
earthquake,” Mr Williamson said.
unthinkable that we would ask this of people. It would be an
unfair burden and distraction at a time when they are
There has been extensive damage to
Statistics New Zealand buildings with significant impacts on
Mr Bascand said he acknowledges the
decision will have consequences for people who use the
census data in their work.
“We will now
investigate the feasibility of alternative options,” Mr
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