March 05, 2013
Census a legacy for mokopuna
If you haven't filled in your census forms, there may still be time before the collector comes calling.
Yesterday's census of the four and a half million New Zealanders aimed at finding where they come from, how and where they live, and what they do.
Māori may have been undercounted in previous censuses, but this time Statistics New Zealand has gone hard out to encourage participation.
Māori Community Liaison Head Luke Crawford says as well as influencing today's decisions, the census is a legacy for the future.
“From a Māori perspective in terms of whakapapa, in terms of our tribal history contained in our waiata, our kōrero, the whakairo we have and all those different things. That to me is what the census is all about. It’s like telling the stories of the country so we can go back and compare ourselves over time, so our mokopuna’s mokopuna can see what it was like in Aotearoa for their tupuna back on Tuesday 5th of March, 2013,” says Luke Crawford from Statistics New Zealand.
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