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Last modified: 08 Feb 2023 1:37pm

close up of two smiling boys arm in arm in a fieldInformation about how to complete the 2023 Census is on its way to residents’ mailboxes or door this month.

The census is a nationwide survey that happens every five years. Every person who is in the country on the night of Tuesday 7 March 2023 needs to do the survey.

The responses are combined to produce statistics that provide a picture of life in Aotearoa and how it is changing. Peoples’ identities are kept private and confidential.

Council Chief Executive David Ward says iwi, community groups, local and central government, and businesses all use findings from the census to inform strategic decision making and future planning.
“We know that Selwyn is one of the fastest growing districts in the country. Information from the census helps us determine what services and infrastructure we need to invest in for our communities. By taking part, you help us gain a better understanding of what you, your community and the wider Selwyn district needs for the future,” he says.

Stats NZ, which is running the census, is doing things differently than in previous years. This year, there will be more people out and about collecting the census forms and more assistance is available for people who want help to fill out their forms. People will also have more choice about how they take part and can fill out the census forms either online or on paper. There will also be more formats available for disabled people.

Learn more about the 2023 Census.