Census help available

Left back to front: Census staff member Jessica - Ann Holes, Te Ha Oranga coordinator for kuia and kaumatua May Pivac - Bennett and Katie Tito also from Te Ha Oranga. Right back: Susan Hau from Census and community member John Bennett

Census engagement staff are encouraging people to get in touch if they know anyone who is having difficulty filling out their census forms and are holding help sessions on the basis of demand.

Census engagement advisory officer Tehurihanga Rihari says people who have not filled out their census forms yet will probably get a knock on their door from census staff over the next week to remind them to fill out their forms.

He says the advisory group are responsive and their support works based on demand. 

“If there is a group of people needing help we will hold another of these sessions.

“We will continue to get everyone counted and teams will be working to help people complete forms over the next few weeks.” Census staff have been engaging with community groups such as Te Ha Oranga in order to reach a wide cross section of the society.

“The biggest issues have been technical. The older generation are hesitant to do it online, but as soon as they are shown how to do it they realise it isn’t that hard. We have some tablets people can use to fill out their forms at the help sessions and we also have paper forms.”

Tehurihanga encourages anyone still having difficulty to get a group together and contact the Lifestyler who will then put them in touch with the local census coordinator and arrange another help session.


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