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Destroy completed census forms, dispose of blank ones
Embargoed until 03:50pm  –  03 March 2011

Destroy completed census forms, dispose of blank ones  –  Media Release

Statistics New Zealand is advising people to dispose of their blank census forms, or if they’ve already completed the paper forms, to destroy them.

Statistics Minister Maurice Williamson and Government Statistician Geoff Bascand recently announced the decision not to hold the 2011 Census on 8 March in the wake of the tragic Christchurch earthquake. The Governor-General has since revoked the formal Proclamation of 8 March 2011 as the census date.

This means there is no longer a legal obligation to fill in and return any census forms already delivered. Census collectors will not be returning to pick up any forms.

“Our advice to people who have received census forms is to recycle them, if they’re not filled in, or if you have filled in your form, to destroy the forms to ensure your information stays private,” 2011 Census General Manager Carol Slappendel said.

Dr Slappendel would like to thank everyone who has already returned their forms – either online or on paper.

“At the time the decision was made not to hold the 2011 Census, about 70,000 people had already completed their forms online. We had also received a number of completed paper forms. This information will be held securely by Statistics New Zealand, just as it would have been if the census had gone ahead,” Dr Slappendel said.

A decision on the next census has yet to be made.

Geoff Bascand 03 March 2011
Government Statistician

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For more information, please contact:
Michael Flyger
Census Communications Advisor
Statistics New Zealand
04 931 4831
021 241 5677
michael.flyger@stats.govt.nz

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