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Census online total nears 3 million

Almost 3 million people have taken part in the census so far, Stats NZ said today.

Just a day after the official census day, Stats NZ is already able to see a rich picture of how many households have been set up online to do their census and how many individuals are in each household on census night.

In the past, Stats NZ relied on the information coming back from the field, which used to take weeks.

“We have achieved our census night target of 60 percent of the estimated number of people in the country on census night to take part online,” 2018 Census general manager Denise McGregor said.

Stats NZ will now focus on getting a reminder out to every household that has not started their census. Over the next few days, the Census team will continue to:

• deliver packs to places like hotels and backpackers (non-private dwellings), particularly in Tauranga and Northland

• deliver materials in Haast and Westland, with extra staff deployed today, 7 March

• contact people directly in Northland and East Cape

• deliver in some remote areas – including the Chathams and Great Barrier Island

• work on the homeless count, which began last night.

For the rest of New Zealand households that haven’t taken part, just over 500,000 reminder letters are being printed and will start arriving over the next few days. People who have mislaid or lost their codes can still take part online.

At the end of the collection process, Stats NZ is aiming for 70 percent of households to have taken part online.

Find out more about the census at www.census.govt.nz.


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