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Modernising Census – Stats NZ


From today, members of the public can have their say on
what Aotearoa New Zealand’s census could look like in the
future.

Stats NZ is exploring greater use of
administrative data (data already collected by other
government agencies) supplemented by survey information and
bespoke solutions, to deliver the census from 2028 and
beyond.

“The data landscape is changing. Traditional
census collection models with a large-scale field workforce
are becoming unsustainable in terms of the survey burden on
people, the timeliness of delivering data and statistics,
and the cost pressures associated with a full field
enumeration census,” explains Government Statistician and
Stats NZ Chief Executive Mark Sowden.

“There is an
opportunity to modernise how we collect data and to continue
to deliver value for money to the country.

“The
people of Aotearoa New Zealand want more and new data that
is relevant to their daily lives, and they want it faster.
We need to make use of new technology and data sources if
we’re going to meet the needs and expectations of Aotearoa
New Zealand in a sustainable way,” says
Sowden.

Anyone can make a submission from 12pm
today, Wednesday 8 May until 5pm Wednesday 18 June 2024
by
visiting the Stats NZ website

The
consultation document, ‘Modernising our approach to the
2028 Census’ includes information about the opportunities
and challenges of changing our approach to the census, as
well as a series of questions we invite people to respond
to. The document is available in a range of different
formats and languages including Easy Read, braille, te reo
Māori and New Zealand Sign Language (NZSL).

Making a
decision

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Following public consultation, an
independent evaluation panel will provide advice to the
Government Statistician on an approach to the 2028 Census
and beyond.

“The panel’s evaluation will be
informed by consultation submissions, as well as feedback
and insights from the in-depth engagement which will
continue with iwi and Māori, government and non-government
agencies, and key communities,” explains Stats NZ General
Manager – Customers and Partnerships Sean
Broughton.

The preferred approach will be presented to
Cabinet for consideration later in the year. Stats NZ will
then focus on the detailed design of the new approach to
census in continued collaboration with key customers,
partners and communities. There will also be a second round
of public consultation, seeking more detailed feedback, in
2025.

“We’re committed to continuing work with our
customers, partners, stakeholders, and the public through
the detailed design process so that we can fully understand
how their data needs can be met,” Broughton
says.

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