Take part in a digital space

Angie Warren-Clark
Labour MP

It’s time to stand up and be counted. Well, in the case of the 2018 Census, it’s time to log in and be counted!

The 2018 Census is taking place on Tuesday, March 6, and is being run differently this year. In 2018, Statistics New Zealand is encouraging everyone to take part online.

Access code letters have been posted out from February 23 to every household in New Zealand.

They contain a unique access code which will allow you to log on via: www.census.govt.nz and complete your census information.

Only those households who haven’t taken part after census day will be visited by field teams.

Census information is used to inform billions of dollars of funding decisions. In Tauranga, for example, the council base all of their future water network planning around census data, which informs future population projections.

Speaking of water, this Saturday Bay of Plenty Regional Council are hosting their Happy Harbour Fun Day at Memorial Park from 1pm.

As a keen fisherwoman I’m interested to learn more about our harbour, and what better way to do it than in a family friendly atmosphere.

There will even be marine biologists dissecting a shark live for all to see.

For those who prefer a slightly less squeamish event, Disney’s fantastic movie Moana will be played on the big outdoor screen from 5pm in the park. There will be food trucks abound, so be sure to bring a picnic blanket and your appetite.

See you there!

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