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New Zealand Census of Population and Dwellings

A census collector.

When is the census?

  • Tuesday, 8 March 2011
  • Collectors are delivering forms from Saturday, 19 February 2011 to Tuesday, 8 March 2011.
  • Collectors will be collecting forms from Wednesday, 9 March 2011.

Do I have to do it?

  • Yes, everyone in New Zealand on census day is legally obligated to fill in a form (Statistics Act 1975).

What does a collector look like and what will they do?

  • A collector carries a blue bag with the Statistics New Zealand logo on it and has a photo ID card that has a signed authorisation from the Government Statistician on the back.
  • A collector will visit every house but should not ask to enter your home.


  • The information provided must be keep confidential by Statistics New Zealand in accordance with the Statistics Act 1975.
  • Collectors are required to sign a declaration of secrecy (Section 21, Statistics Act 1975).

More information?

  • For more information, language help or more forms - go to or ring the census helpline toll free on 0800 CENSUS (0800 236 787).
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