Because we count, let’s make sure we are counted this Census

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Every five years, Stats NZ run the census – the official count of how many people and dwellings there are in New Zealand. The census is about everyone in New Zealand – it involves asking you to tell us information about yourself so that we can build a picture of how many people and dwellings there are in New Zealand, and how society is changing over time.

All New Zealand residents and visitors to New Zealand are required to take part in the 2018 Census if they are in New Zealand on 6 March 2018.

Why to Participate?

Information from the census helps determine how billions of dollars of government funding is spent across New Zealand. Because the information collected is about everyone in New Zealand, it can be used to inform decisions and make plans about services and where they should be, such as hospitals, kōhanga reo, schools, roads, and public transport. Councils, iwi, and businesses use census information to help work out the core needs of their area or services. Community groups and organisations use the information to support funding applications and make the case for improvements within their communities.

The Statistics Act 1975 requires that everyone in New Zealand on census day must fill out a census form. If you don’t participate, or if you provide false or incomplete information, you could be fined.

How to participate

The 2018 Census is different. Stats NZ are aiming to collect most of the information online. Every household in New Zealand will be sent an access code letter to enable this to happen.

The forms can be completed online or if a person prefer to complete the census using a paper form, they can call 0800 CENSUS (0800 236 787) and paper forms will be sent to them. A freepost envelope will be included so they can be posted back for processing. Whoever completes the paper form will have to sign the form.

It is important that every dwelling in New Zealand is counted separately. If there is another dwelling at this address that is occupied by a separate household, they need to complete their own set of forms. If they haven’t received their own letter with an access code, please call 0800 CENSUS (0800 236 787) to request an access code or paper forms for that dwelling.

About your information

Stats NZ is committed to keeping your census information completely secure and confidential. Your privacy is important to them.

Stats NZ will never share identifiable information with other government agencies without your consent and our published statistics and research do not identify individuals, households, or businesses. They remove all names, addresses, and other identifiable information before they make data available to other government agencies for statistical and public interest research.

Need Help?

Here at Shama we can help you filling the form online or on paper. We will have volunteers available to help between 10am and 3pm from Monday 26th of February to Friday 2nd of March, and on Monday 5th and Tuesday 6th of March also from 10am to 3pm. Make an appointment or just drop in, and remember to bring the Access Code or your paper form. If you have questions, concerns or you just want more information give us a call on 07 8433810 or email us on You can also check the official website

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