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Advice about the census test in New Zealand Sign Language (NZSL).
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A census is a national survey which provides an official count of the people and dwellings in Aotearoa New Zealand.
It happens every 5 years.
The census collects information by asking people questions about themselves and where they live.
There are two forms involved in the census.
Census information is important.
The information Stats NZ collects from people is grouped together to create information and statistics about places and communities in Aotearoa New Zealand.
It shows us how Aotearoa New Zealand has changed.
It also helps the government and other organisations plan for services.
Services are things like:
Everyone living in or visiting Aotearoa New Zealand on census day must take part in the official census when it takes place.
Stats NZ is doing a test in preparation for the next census.
We are only testing in parts of Auckland and in the Bay of Plenty region.
We will choose a small number of homes to take part in the test.
You will know you have been chosen to be involved because you will receive a postcard and other information from Stats NZ.
The census test is like the official census, but the test is voluntary.
You can help us by being involved, because we need to test our processes to make sure they are working well before the next census.
The more people that take part, the better our test will be.
The test is voluntary, but by law you must take part in the official census in 2023.
If you do take part in the test, none of the information you provide on the census test forms will be used for statistical purposes.
The census test day will be Tuesday 8 March 2022.
If you receive a letter from us and need help, you can contact us at:
0800 CENSUS (0800 236 787)
Calls are free from any phone.
Thank you for your help.
Stats NZ are planning to do the census test under the COVID-19 traffic light system.
If something changes because of COVID-19 rules, we will put the information on our website.
You can choose how you want to take part in the census test, you can either do it online or you can fill in a paper form.
We will give you a freepost envelope to return your forms.
In some areas a census staff member will visit your home to deliver a letter with an access code as well as paper forms.
They will leave these at the door, or your put them in your mailbox.
In other areas you will only get a letter with an access code to do the census test online.
If you want to fill in paper forms, you can ask us to send you paper forms.
We have Large Print forms available that some people find easier to fill out.
Contact us if you would prefer Large Print forms.
Please contact us to request paper forms or for any other help.
Easy Read and other information to help you with filling out forms is on our website.
There are 2 different forms you need to complete.
The first form is called a "Dwelling Form".
This is about the place where you live.
If you live with other people in the same house, only one person in the house/apartment needs to do the Dwelling Form, check with them who will do it.
The second form, this is called an "Individual Form".
This form is about you as an individual.
Every person in the house/apartment needs their own Individual Form.
Adults need to make sure a form is completed for children aged 15 years and under, including babies.
To do the census online, you need; a smart phone, tablet, or computer with an internet browser and a keyboard or keypad to type in text; access to the internet; your census letter with your access code.
There is a form called ‘Household Setup Form’, only one person in your house/apartment needs to confirm your address and names of people living at the same household.
This form needs to be completed before you can fill in the Dwelling and Individual Forms.
The Dwelling Form has a set of questions about your home, for example, the number of bedrooms and if you have internet.
Every person in the household must complete their own Individual Form.
This form is longer and asks personal questions, for example, where you were born, and the languages you can speak.
Children 15 years and under, babies and those who cant do it themselves.
Adults will need to make sure that a form is completed for them
Once you have finished and you are happy with your answers, click on "Submit".
If you have received paper forms, there should be a freepost envelope included.
When you have completed the forms, post them back to Stats NZ by the census test day.
When you return the forms to Stats NZ, you do not need to put a stamp on the envelope or pay for postage.
If you need someone to pick them up, you can contact us at:
By law, your personal information must be kept private and secure.
Stats NZ will not share your personal information with another person or organisation.
No one can identify you in any of the data that we release publicly.