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Census Collection Nears Completion

2006 Census Form Collection End: March 2006

17 March 2006

Census Collection Nears Completion

Statistics New Zealand had collected census forms from 1,104,528 households and 2,960,655 individuals by midday yesterday. Of these, 103,000 dwelling forms and 283,000 individual forms were submitted online.

Statistics New Zealand collectors are now making their final visits to collect completed census forms following Census Day on 7 March. They will be collecting until Sunday, 19 March.

Government Statistician Brian Pink is advising people to get in touch if they still have forms to be collected.

"We encourage anyone who hasn't had their forms picked up to call the helpline to arrange to have them collected," said Mr Pink. The helpline number is 0800 CENSUS (0800 236 787).

Collectors aim to pick up as many census forms as possible in person. If they are unable to contact residents by 19 March, they will leave a note and a freepost envelope at dwellings so that forms can be posted back. Alternatively, the public can post their completed census forms back free of charge to: Census 2006, Statistics New Zealand, Freepost 189240, Private Bag 4950, Christchurch. Forms can still be completed online.

After the collectors finish this weekend, collection will continue locally through the 412 District Supervisors.

Mr Pink reminded the public that it is not too late to complete their census forms. “It is important that everyone in New Zealand on census night is counted. You can still fill in your form – just base your responses on what you were doing and where you were on 7 March,” he said. “Our collectors and helpline staff can assist if people are having difficulty completing the forms.

“Traditionally, public support for the census has been very strong in New Zealand and we are delighted with the response so far to the 2006 Census, in particular the uptake of the online option. This is the first time Statistics New Zealand has provided the option to complete the census online, and it has run very smoothly,” Mr Pink said. "Overall, the delivery and collection of census forms is going very well."

Under the Statistics Act 1975, all information collected is used only for statistical purposes, and is kept confidential. Any information that could identify an individual is not published or otherwise disclosed.

“People who know their collector or want to take extra steps to protect their privacy can ask their collector for a privacy envelope,” said Mr Pink. “Your collector is not allowed to open this envelope.” A Statistics New Zealand collector can be recognised by their official photo ID badge and the large blue bag they are carrying with the wording ‘Statistics New Zealand’ clearly visible on it.

Brian Pink
Government Statistician

ENDS

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