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2018 Census Day is Tuesday 6 March – be counted!

The Census provides a wealth of information about the people who live in New Zealand. This year the information about people with disability will be able to be separated out and compared with that of people without disability. That’s why it’s so important you take part.

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Every five years, the government runs the Census – the official count of how many people and dwellings there are in New Zealand. By asking everyone to complete a set of questions about themselves and their household, we can capture a snapshot of who is living in, and visiting, New Zealand.

All New Zealand residents and visitors to New Zealand are required to take part in the 2018 Census if they are in New Zealand on 6 March 2018.

The new disability question

A new question in this year’s Census will ask about how much difficulty you have with some common activities (background explanation to the disability question). By combining the answers together Stats NZ and other data users will be able to compare the situation of disabled people with that of non-disabled people for important topics like employment, education and housing conditions.

These comparisons will be possible for New Zealand as a whole, for regions, and for smaller areas as well. They have never before been available from Census data and will improve everyone’s understanding of the ways in which disabled people’s lives differ from those of non-disabled people.

The Census is online this year

This year is also different from previous years because field officers won’t be visiting people’s homes. Instead, wherever possible, people are being asked to complete their Census form online at . Forms can be completed any time after Friday 23 February up until Census day on Tuesday 6 March.

Before you start

To complete your form online you will need your access code, which will have been mailed to your house during February. Here is a sample access code letter in accessible formats:

·       An easy read version of the census access code letter

·       A large print version of the census access code letter

If you can’t find your letter with your access code or would rather complete a paper form, you can request these by calling 0800 CENSUS (0800 236 787).

Here is a useful Step by Step Visual Guide to completing the Census -

If you are supporting someone else to complete their Census form, you may find this Support Guide useful -

Additional accessibility supports

The following accessibility resources are available to help you. You can find them here at and linked below:

·       An EasyRead completion guide to the Census

·       Large font (18pt) completion guide to the Census

·       New Zealand Sign Language video guide to the Census

Please note that for people who are blind or sight-impaired, the online Census forms have been built to work with screen readers and assisted technology. If people are unable to complete the Census by themselves, or with the support of a family member, friend or carer, then Census field teams will follow up after Census day to assist people to complete.

This article includes a selection of the information available on the Census website at . For more information, visit the Census website or call 0800 CENSUS (0800 236 787).


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