Stats NZ are now sending out your census pack and they will be with you soon.
In most parts of the country:
- census packs are starting to arrive in the post
- census collectors will continue visiting households.
Wherever you are, you can complete your census forms as soon as you get them. But you can also wait until Census Day, Tuesday 7 March 2023.
If you, or anyone you know wants support to take part in the census, we are here to help.
More information in NZSL
The Census website has more information available in NZSL including each Census 2023 question in NZSL.
Dwelling Form questions
Videos of every Dwelling Form question in NZSL.Dwelling Form questions in NZSL
Individual Form questions
Videos of every Individual Form question in NZSL.Individual Form questions in NZSL
Census help events
There are no upcoming events at this time
Tuesday 7 March 2023 is Census Day
2023 Census is our chance to represent ourselves, our families, whānau, communities, and cultures.
Census gives us the power to create change that benefits all of us; in our lives, towns, schools, hospitals, and streets.
When we all take part in the 2023 Census, all of us count.
Why we all do the census, and why it matters
The census counts every person in Aotearoa New Zealand, and the places where they live or stay.
By doing the census, you help create a clearer picture of what you, your family, and your community need.
By knowing these needs, government agencies, councils, iwi, community groups and businesses can plan how to respond to them.
Your census answers, combined with everyone else’s, help groups like these help us all.
Data helps more people access and use New Zealand Sign Language
The New Zealand Sign Language (NZSL) Board’s purpose is to promote and maintain NZSL as an official language in Aotearoa New Zealand. The two key language priorities for the Board are ensuring people can learn NZSL, and that they can access and use it to participate in everyday life.
To do this, the Board needs to know how many people in Aotearoa New Zealand already use NZSL. Census data helps give them the answer. It showed that in 2018, about 4,600 Deaf people used NZSL, and 23,000 people in total.
The Board wants to increase the number of spaces that NZSL is used and grow the community of people who can use the language with confidence.
The Wellington Deaf Youth Group received grants funding from the Board, to bring Deaf and hearing youth together to learn NZSL, connect and grow confidence. They enjoy the connection with others that the youth group brings. Being around others who use NZSL gives them greater confidence, and is helping them to be role models for the future.