Statistics New Zealand to prosecute 100 for census
Statistics New Zealand to prosecute 100
24 October 2013
Approximately 100 people will be prosecuted for not completing their census forms, Statistics New Zealand said today.
In recent weeks, Statistics NZ has released the first results from the 2013 Census, publishing population counts and electoral population numbers.
“We would like to thank New Zealand for taking part in this year’s census. The information coming out of census and all Statistics NZ surveys is used to make decisions that affect our future. The quality of the information available from our surveys depends on people taking part and providing accurate information,” General Manager 2013 Census Sarah Minson said.
Everyone in New Zealand on census night is legally required to complete their form or have it completed for them. Since the census in March this year, Statistics NZ has taken several steps to encourage people to complete their forms.
“While it has been over seven months since census night, we will continue to accept completed forms throughout the prosecutions process,” Ms Minson said.
In July, Statistics NZ wrote to 450 people asking them to complete their census forms or face prosecution. Following this, approximately 100 prosecution cases have been identified.
When deciding whether or not to prosecute, Statistics NZ takes into consideration the type of offence, the personal circumstances of the person, and the likelihood of success.
In 2006, after the last census, Statistics NZ prosecuted 72 people, resulting in 41 convictions.
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