There is still time to complete the census If you do not have what you need to take part, you do not need to wait for us. You can get an access code sent to you by SMS text message. If you have any questions, please call us on 0800 CENSUS (0800 236 787).

About the census Mō te tatauranga

The census is a survey of everyone in Aotearoa New Zealand. It gives us the most complete picture of life around the country, and in each of our communities.

About the census Mō te tatauranga

The census is a survey of everyone in Aotearoa New Zealand. It gives us the most complete picture of life around the country, and in each of our communities.

What is the census He aha te tatauranga

The New Zealand Census of Population and Dwellings is a nationwide survey held every five years.

It is an official count of every person in Aotearoa New Zealand, and the places where they live or stay (dwellings).

The census gives us all a complete picture of life around the entire country, and in each of our communities.

Stats NZ organises the census, with the help of every person in the country.

Who needs to do the 2023 Census Me whakakī au i te tatauranga

All of us count. And because the census is so important, the law requires us all to do it.

If you will be in Aotearoa New Zealand on 7 March 2023, you must take part in the 2023 Census. This means you will need to complete census forms, or have someone help complete them for you.

With the support of communities and people around the country, we aim to make that as easy as possible.

What is census data used for? Ka whakamahia ngā rarauranga tatauranga mō te aha?

By doing the census, you create a better picture of what you, your family, and your community need.

By knowing these needs, government agencies, councils, iwi, community groups and businesses can plan how to respond to them.

Your census answers help groups like these help us all.

What will be new in the 2023 Census? He aha ngā mea hou hei te Tatauranga 2023?

Many parts of the 2023 Census are the same as past censuses. But it will be easier to do, and for more of us to see ourselves in the data.

You will have more choice for how you take part, and more support if you need it.

New questions will let us all share more about who we are, and what we need.

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We use data to inform ourselves of our community's needs and the direction we should take to address those needs. We use it to build programmes and secure the funding, support and resources we need to better serve the needs of our families.

Rouruina Emil'e-Brown

CEO, Cook Islands Development Agency New Zealand