Census collector Melanie Eady and St Kilda district
supervisor Bruce Beath role-play at a training seminar at
the Edgar Centre in Dunedin yesterday. Photo by Linda
Whether you live at the top of the world's steepest
street, on an island in the middle of Otago Harbour or are
staying on a cruise ship, census staff will track you down.
From today, census staff will visit homes throughout the
country to hand out forms in preparation for census night on
The Census of Population and Dwellings is a chance to find
out who New Zealanders are, and where and how they live. The
information is used by many groups to decide how to provide
the things New Zealanders need, such as hospitals, schools
and roads, Statistics New Zealand says. As the 2011 census
was deferred because of the February Christchurch earthquake,
the 2013 census is even more important.
Otago-South Canterbury area manager Bryan Bishop said there
were 19 district supervisors, including 10 in Dunedin,
organising the distribution of papers in their areas.
In Dunedin, 180 collectors would each visit about 250
dwellings during the next few weeks, issuing papers and guide
Census forms could also be filled in online, with a provided
''It's secure, quick and easy,'' Mr Bishop said.
People could start filling out their forms as soon as they
received them. In Dunedin, forms would be left at all
accommodation providers to cover the 2500 visitors expected
in the city for the New Zealand-England cricket test match,
being held at the University Oval from March 6 to 10.
Also, 3200 forms would be distributed to those on board the
cruise ship Carnival Spirit, which would berthed at
Port Chalmers on the day.
''It's a snapshot of the night in the city.''