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2018 Census regional tour

Let’s find out! Please register your interest for the 2018 Census Regional Tour

What are we doing?

Stats NZ Tatauranga Aotearoa is coming to your region to bring together people from key organisations and talk about the 2018 Census.

Why are we doing it?

Information from the census helps determine how government funding is spent in the community. It is used to help make decisions about which services are needed and where they should be, such as hospitals, kōhanga reo, schools, roads, public transport, and recreational facilities.

We need your help to reach everyone in New Zealand and pass on messages to your communities about why participating in the census matters for them.

What will we be talking about?

  • The 2018 Census – when it is and why it is important to participate
  • Outline our strategies to count everyone
    • Advocacy / Community Liaison / Collection / Communications
  • Discuss how you can help 2018 Census be a success
  • Security and confidentiality – how we protect people’s personal information
  • Operational information – what will be happening in the field in your area and special strategies for your area
  • Filling in forms online – why we want a high online uptake
  • Key census questions – demystifying why we ask some questions and what the answers are used for
  • Census products and services – how information will be made available after the census, and what services will be provided to organisations and communities.

Who from your organisation should attend?

Anyone who has a role working or engaging with your organisation’s key stakeholders or communities should attend, for example: communications staff, community liaison or outreach staff, iwi and Māori liaison staff, student support officers, librarians, social and health service staff, youth workers – and anyone with an interest in understanding more about census and what will be happening in 2018.

Please also let us know if you are interested in a separate meeting to discuss anything census related while we are in your region.

When and where are the meetings being held?

We have finished touring the South Island, with some extra meetings for those who requested them. We are touring the North Island in December 2017 and January 2018. Our meetings will take about one-and-a-half to two hours.  

 North Island
 Date  Time  Location
 Wellington  11 Dec  1.30 pm – 3.30 pm  Committee Room 1, Wellington City Council, 101 Wakefield Street, Wellington
 Upper Hutt  12 Dec  2.00 pm – 4.00 pm  Hapai Hall, Fergusson Drive, Upper Hutt
 Lower Hutt  12 Dec  10.00 am – 12.00 pm  The Dowse Art Museum, 45 Laings Road, Lower Hutt
 Levin  13 Dec  12.30 pm – 2.30 pm  Horowhenua District Council, Council Chambers, 126–148 Oxford Street
 Porirua  13 Dec  2.00 pm – 4.00 pm  Pataka, Helen Smith Room, 17 Parumoana Street, Porirua
 Palmerston North  14 Dec  10.00 am – 12.00pm  Square Edge, 47 The Square, Palmerston North

Please confirm your attendance, or express your interest in attending a meeting in a yet-to-be confirmed location by emailing the following information to

  • Your organisation
  • Your job title
  • Your location

We look forward to seeing you soon!

We would appreciate it if you could promote the sessions to your colleagues and any networks that you think would be interested in attending.

Cancelled meetings

Due to low responses and interest, we have decided to cancel our regional tour to the following regions.

  • Whangarei
  • Far North
  • Kerikeri
  • Kaitaia
  • Kaikohe
  • Wanganui

We still plan to engage with our key stakeholders and will be in touch in the new year. 

Need more information?

Please contact

Census day – Tuesday, 6 March 2018
Let’s find out.

Updated 7 December 2017

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