Information about the 2022 census test in New Zealand Sign Language (NZSL).
What is the census?
A census is a national survey which provides an official count of the people and dwellings in Aotearoa New Zealand.
It happens every 5 years.
The census collects information by asking people questions about themselves and where they live.
There are two forms involved in the census.
- Dwelling Form: This is a short set of questions about your home, for example, the number of bedrooms and if you have the internet.
- Individual Form: This form is longer and asks personal questions, for example, where you were born, and the languages you can speak.
Census information is important.
The information Stats NZ collects from people is grouped together to create information and statistics about places and communities in Aotearoa New Zealand.
It shows us how Aotearoa New Zealand has changed.
It also helps the government and other organisations plan for services.
Services are things like:
- support for your community.
Everyone living in or visiting Aotearoa New Zealand on census day must take part in the official census when it takes place.