2023 Census operations update — 7 June 2023


7 June 2023

Census operations

  • As of 1 June, census collectors concluded their work across Aotearoa New Zealand:
    • In most places in the country, census collectors finished door-to-door collections on 3 May.
    • Census collections were extended in areas impacted by Cyclone Gabrielle, finishing on 1 June in Te Tairāwhiti and Hawke’s Bay regions.
    • Field activity for Te Mana Whakatipu (iwi-led collections) also finished on 1 June. Iwi-led collections were piloted in the 2023 Census in three locations – Far North (with Ōpua iwi collective), Gisborne (with Toitū Tairāwhiti iwi collective), and with Te Whānau ā Apanui in their rohe.  
  • Mainstream census advertising has finished.
  • There will be a few final targeted census support events, most closed events coordinated by community organisations at which Stats NZ community engagement teams will help people complete their census forms.
  • Community collaborations will continue in Auckland through June, with some local advertising support. See below for more information.

Partner activities in Auckland in June

  • Two partners will deliver services and promotions to support a lift in the response rate in Auckland up to 30 June:
    • Whānau Ora Commissioning Agency – Te Pae Herenga o Tāmaki will deliver a programme of activities to increase Māori completion rates from non-responding and partially responding households in Auckland. This will include encouraging whānau to complete their census forms either online or in person, through a range of communications, social media, community events, call centre communication, and in-person door-to-door visits.  This activity will continue to 30 June.
    • South Seas Healthcare Trust – The Trust, alongside its network of partners through Le Afio’aga o Aotearoa, has activated a community mobilisation approach to support Pacific families to complete census forms. The opportunity to work as a village network, through an innovative event such as a 4-day telethon, mini community outreach events, and an 0800 support line, will harness the relationships and connections of the community in South Auckland.

Close of census

  • The 2023 Census closes at 5.00pm, 30 June 2023:
    • People can complete their census forms online at census.govt.nz until 5.00pm, 30 June.
    • Paper census forms will need to be mailed to arrive with Stats NZ by 30 June to be counted.
    • A new online access code or paper forms can be ordered from the website or by calling the 080 CENSUS (0800 236 787) helpline.

Post-enumeration Survey

  • The Post-enumeration Survey is a household survey (sample size 16,000 or 1% of households) that is run independent of the census to review and evaluate the census count and coverage. This year it is being staggered:
    • most of New Zealand (apart from Auckland region) from June to mid-August
    • Auckland region from July to mid-September.

Close of census announcements

  • We are planning a close of census announcement in the last week of June.