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There's still time to complete the 2023 Census

There's still time to complete the 2023 Census

  • 28 Mar 2023
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There's still time to complete the 2023 Census.

Census Day is when every person in Aotearoa New Zealand is asked to complete the five-yearly census, so the needs of communities across the country are met by up-to-date information and data.

If you haven't completed your 2023 census forms yet, don't worry. There's still time! Learn how to have your say via the link below:

Census 2023 - There's still time to be counted

If you haven't received a census pack, you don't need to wait. Get an online access code or paper forms by visiting the Census website or by contacting the census team at Stats NZ directly on 0800 CENSUS (0800 236 787).

The 0800 CENSUS helpline is open seven days a week, census collectors will be out in communities following up with people who have not yet responded, and there will be reminder letters coming out with new access codes for people that need them.

Communities impacted by Cyclone Gabrielle

Communities most impacted by Cyclone Gabrielle and recent flooding will continue to have more time and support to take part.

“We are working carefully with local communities to ensure people impacted by the cyclone and recent flooding have the time they need to focus on family and their home and businesses," says Stats NZ representative Simon Mason.

“Most people in these regions will not yet have census forms, although some have completed the census. Census collection in these areas is being designed with community organisations to get the timing right and to ensure the right support is in place for people,” he said.

Census collection activities will commence gradually from early April, on a localised basis informed by community partnerships and insights. Once started, census collectors will be in affected communities where needed until 1 June 2023.

“The results of the census will be critically important in supporting communities across Aotearoa New Zealand and supporting the recovery of cyclone-impacted regions.”

Hawke’s Bay and Te Tairāwhiti Census Taskforce

A locally led, nationally supported taskforce has been established to deliver the 2023 Census in the Hawke’s Bay and Te Tairāwhiti.

The census collection in the Hawke’s Bay and Te Tairāwhiti has been extended to June 2023, to enable people to prioritise family wellbeing, their homes, and their businesses following the devastating impact of Cyclone Gabrielle.  

The taskforce will connect with local iwi and hapū, and with community organisations and leaders, to plan how to collect the census in our communities impacted by Cyclone Gabrielle and flooding events.

A list of local events is available on the Census website and will be updated regularly.

Language support

Census information is available in several Pacific languages. There are guides and downloadable resources to help speakers of different languages to complete the census. Check out the census resources on the Census 2023 website.

Census response

As of 9am Monday 27 March 2023, 3,931,693 people have completed their Individual Forms.