September 29, 2022
Extra push to count Māori in census
There will be more boots on the ground to make next year’s Census a success.
The Census will be held on March 7 next year, and Statistics Minister David Clark says there will be no repeat of 2018.
Cost-cutting by the previous National Government and its decision to make it a mostly online survey resulted in lower than usual coverage, especially for Maori and Pasifika populations.
Mr Clark says there will be more paper forms, more hours worked and more community engagement.
Associate Minister Meka Whaitiri says a lot of work has gone into ensuring the nationwide survey will increase the response rate for Māori.
There’s also a pilot initiative, Te Mana Whakatipu, where iwi collectives in the Far North and Tairawhiti will help collect the data.