5 February 2013
2013 Census - Every Person Counts
On Tuesday 5 March, every resident and visitor in New Zealand, irrespective of age, must take part in the 2013 Census.
The census will count how many people and households there are in New Zealand. The information is used by councils, community groups, iwi and businesses to plan for the future.
Among other things, it helps determine how billions of dollars of government funding is spent in the community. It is used to help make decisions about which services are needed and where they should be, such as hospitals, kōhanga reo, schools, roads, public transport and recreational facilities.
Census information more important than ever
Statistics New Zealand is required by law to hold a census every five years. The census scheduled for March 2011 was postponed following the Christchurch earthquake in February 2011. The next census will be the first one held in seven years, which makes the information we collect more important than ever.
The information you provide must be kept confidential by Statistics NZ and is protected by the Statistics Act 1975.
Information only for statistical purposes
Census information can only be used for statistical purposes and must be reported in a way that cannot identify you. No other organisations – including the New Zealand Police, Immigration New Zealand and Inland Revenue – can obtain census information that identifies you.
You can fill in your census form online or on paper. Internet Access Codes and paper forms will be delivered to your home between Saturday 16 February and Tuesday 5 March. Collection of the forms will begin on Wednesday 6 March.
Visit www.census.govt.nz for more information or call 0800 236 787 from Monday 11 February.