How hairdressers can help with the 2018 Census

Every five years Stats NZ runs the census – the official count of how many people and dwellings there are in New Zealand. The next census day is 6 March 2018. This census will be different – most of the census information will be collected online.

In February, Stats NZ will send or deliver an access code to every household in New Zealand. The letter will include an access code to complete forms online, as well as guide notes and information about the census. Completing the census online will be secure, quick and easy and you’ll be able to take part on various devices including mobile phone, desktop, laptop, or a tablet. Paper forms will still be available for those who prefer them.

Stats NZ and NZARH can work together to ensure there is support available for members and their clients who want some assistance completing the census.

Check out this easy to follow support guide which explains how you can help someone else complete the 2018 Census.

For more information about the census, go to

On the website, there is a general Help page and the How can I do the census? page which includes the following resources:

  • A step-by-step guide explaining how to use the access code to complete the census online
  • Flyers explaining why the census is important in Māori, Tongan, Samoan, Traditional Chinese, Simplified Chinese, Hindi and Korean.
  • Instructions on how to order bilingual paper census forms in te reo Māori.

Please note that for people who are blind or sight-impaired, the online census forms have been built to work with screen readers and assisted technology. If people are unable to complete the census by themselves, or with the support of a family member, friend or carer, then the field teams will follow up after census day to assist people to complete.

The census provides a wealth of information for the country to understand more about the people who live in New Zealand and to help make good decisions about where services are needed. Your help spreading the word is really appreciated.