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For the 2023 Census, we are preparing information in a range of other languages.
A census form needs to be completed for every person and dwelling in Aotearoa New Zealand.
The census aims to count everyone in Aotearoa New Zealand. This includes:
If you usually live in Aotearoa New Zealand, or you are a New Zealand citizen or permanent resident, but you are overseas on census day then you do not need to fill in a census form.
For the purposes of the census, Aotearoa New Zealand includes:
The census should also be completed by people living or staying in a non-private dwelling on the night of the census. The key difference in this setting is that you will only need to fill out an Individual Form. These include: