Early release of census data welcomed
15 October 2013
Early release of census
Statistics Minister Maurice Williamson today
welcomed the early release of regional population
information from the 2013 Census.
Zealand has released detailed population information about
regional council, territorial authority, area unit and
Auckland local board counts.
“The release of this
information comes two months ahead of schedule and provides
insights into the population, which will help to inform
“Census information also helps
create a picture of our communities and provides an
important snapshot of us as a country, including where we
live, who we are, what we do for work and so on,” Maurice
Since census night in March, 5.6
million individual and dwelling forms have been collected
and it has taken 195,130 hours to process them.
from the 2013 Census will continue to be released over the
next 18 months. On December 3rd, more detailed information
on age, sex, location and ethnicity breakdowns at a national
level will be published.
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On First Time Voting (Centre Right)
For the next two days, I’m turning my column over to two guest columnists who are first time voters. I’ve asked them to explain why they were voting, for whom and what role they thought their parental upbringing had played in shaping their political beliefs ; and at the end, to choose a piece of music.
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