Gordon Campbell | Parliament TV | Parliament Today | Video | Questions Of the Day | Search


Minister Needs To Be Up Front On Census Strategy

Statistics Spokesperson

8 January 2013 MEDIA STATEMENT

Minister Needs To Be Up Front On Census Strategy

Statistics Minister Maurice Williamson needs to be up front about his plans for the national census, says Labour’s Statistics spokesperson Raymond Huo.

“There has been speculation for some time that the Minister is considering a shift from the current five-yearly, to a once-in-a-decade census.

“This would be a bold move and New Zealanders deserve to know if that decision is in the pipelines,” Raymond Huo said.

The 2011 census was cancelled due to the Christchurch earthquake, making the 2013 census in March of critical importance for the allocation of health, education and local government resources into the future.

“With rapid international advances in census technology, New Zealand should be well-placed to improve any inefficiencies in the system without the need to alter its frequency.

“Yet it seems the Minister has no plan for a progressive rethink, no plan to align our census with global settings, and contrary to his IT background, he has no sign of embracing modern technology in census-taking models and approaches.

“I believe he should view this census as a chance to catch up, to raise the profile of the census and make a real contribution in terms of how New Zealand manages itself into the future.

“But instead, the Government’s resident ‘Rip Van Winkle’ impersonator is saying nothing – he’s probably still sleeping off his Christmas dinner,” Raymond Huo said.



© Scoop Media

Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines



Relevant Consents Gained: Government Unveils RMA Reform Package

The government has formally hauled down the flag on its attempts to alter the balance of environmental and economic priorities in the Resource Management Act, unveiling a 180-page Resource Legislation Amendment Bill containing reforms that have been largely endorsed by most political parties. More>>


Closing Schools And Such: Interim Redcliffs Decision Announced

“While the school’s board has argued that circumstances that could give rise to potential disruption are extremely unlikely, advice from technical experts has shown these concerns cannot be ruled out." More>>


Jane Kelsey: High Court Can’t Make Groser Provide TPPA Information Faster

‘This week we went back to court to challenge Trade Minister Groser’s stalling tactics over the release of information on the Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement negotiations, following a High Court order that he reconsider the Official Information Act request I made last January’, said University of Auckland law professor Jane Kelsey, first applicant in the case. More>>

Werewolf 58: No Climate For Change

The last time the global community tried to take collective action on climate change the world’s leaders finally came to agree that every not-too-onerous effort should be made to hold global warming to 2°C above the pre-industrial average. At Paris, all 150 participant countries nations will have put forward their pledges... On the information available, New Zealand's is the second weakest contribution of any nation in the developed world. More>>


Lambton Quay Shutdown: Object Was Made To Look Like Bomb

Police cordoned off part of Lambton Quay Wednesday afternoon, saying that a suspicious package had been found. Buildings were evacuated and buses were detoured. The army’s explosive ordnance disposal unit was brought to the Quay. More>>


Public Sector Still Shrinking: Record Low Number Of 'Backroom Bureaucrats'

Ongoing restraint in the public sector and a focus on better frontline services has seen a further reduction in the number of core Government employees, State Services Minister Paula Bennett says. More>>


Disobeying The Law: Police Censorship Of Crime Research “An Outrage”

The Green Party is calling on Police Minister Michael Woodhouse to ensure Police scrap controversial contracts that place onerous restrictions on academic researchers’ access to Police data, the Green Party says. More>>


Get More From Scoop



Search Scoop  
Powered by Vodafone
NZ independent news