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March 6, 2006 | by  | in News |
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Stand Up and Be Counted…

It is census time again and students are being encouraged to fill out their forms, either by hard copy or online.

Held every five years, the census collects statistical data used by health and education services, along with other service providers to plan for the next five years.

Although forms have been distributed since late February if you have not yet received yours, never fear. Distributors will be visiting houses up until census day, Tuesday 7 March.

All 4.2 million New Zealanders are required to fill out the census forms on Tuesday, although they can be filled out earlier if the information is not likely to change.

Forms will be collected within the eleven days following census day. Census forms are required by law to be kept secure for one hundred years so by 2106 they will be available for statistical research.

Few changes have been made to the questions since the 2001 census, but those who name “New Zealander” as their ethnicity will now be recorded in a separate category rather then being classed as “New Zealand European”, as in past years.

Former VUWSA President-cum-bureaucrat Jeremy Greenbrook encourages students to fill out the forms, saying if “you don’t fill it out, you don’t get counted.”

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