Do I have to complete the census? Yes. The Statistics Act 1975 requires everyone in New Zealand on census day to take part. Statistics New Zealand
No collectors, blue bags and forms?
By Roger Childs
They’ve ll gone, but you can get forms if you really want them. As we move deeper into the computer age, more and more things are becoming online.
In the 2013 census Stats NZ were hoping for a better than 50% return of details via people’s computers but it turned out to be less than 40%.
Regardless, in 2018 everyone is being encouraged to do it online. That’s fine for the young people who are digital natives and computer savvy adults, but what about older folk who don’t know a mouse from a megabyte?
Will saving money pay off?
Obviously Stats NZ is saving the country millions by not employing a raft of collectors, trainers and district supervisors (DS). In 2012-2013 DS’s were employed for six months to co-ordinate the process in their areas.
But will there be a comparable return of data in 2018? The final census figures are a key factor in deciding government spending in the regions, notably to the District Health Boards.
Computer ownership tends to be higher in higher income areas so will hospital services in less well to do areas suffer from a poor “turnout”?
People who don’t have computers or are more comfortable with paper forms can write in and get the documents sent out. But will everyone in this situation bother?
Will there be a follow up process? In previous years collectors did just that: collect the census papers. And if no-one was home they would keep going back. All their interactions with individual households were carefully recorded.
Get it done!
Most of you have probably done the business but if not, don’t hesitate.
- Either do it online using the code that has been sent
- Or ring 0800 236 787 to get paper forms sent out.
In 2013 a number people refused to fill in the forms because they thought that the information would be shared with Inland Revenue, the Police, Immigration and Social Welfare.
Some were worried that former partners might be able to access the data.
Stats NZ gives this assurance We are committed to keeping your census information completely secure and confidential. Your privacy is important to us.