With the deadline approaching at the end of the week, officials in New Zealand are working to reach those who have not yet completed the census. The
With the deadline approaching at the end of the week, officials in New Zealand are working to reach those who have not yet completed the census. The current participation rate stands at around 89 percent, just shy of the 90 percent target. Officials hope that approximately 51,000 people will fill out the census form in the next few hours. The deadline was over three months ago, but Stats NZ has extended it to capture as many people as possible. Census data is vital for the government to understand changes in the country and make informed decisions on policies, research, planning, and areas like health, education, and housing. Efforts are being made to boost response rates among the Pasifika and Māori communities, including partnering with community organizations to provide support and incentives. Latele from Buttabean gym shared his personal experience and emphasized the need for continued community engagement and education. Manurewa Marae has also been actively promoting the census and building trust within the community. While the final response rate won’t be known until next year, officials are working diligently to reach the 90 percent target.