Census collectors out in force

Heading out: Raumati South’s Brian Edwards gears up for the launch of census form deliveries this weekend.
Heading out: Raumati South’s Brian Edwards gears up for the launch of census form deliveries this weekend.

About 85 Kapiti collectors will deliver then retrieve individual and dwelling census forms from Saturday.

Raumati South's Brian Edwards returns to the job for the second time after doing "a bit of delivering but no collecting" in the aborted 2011 census.

"I'm retired, it keeps me fit . . . it's a bit of a civic duty really, because it is important to do it. And of course it gives you a bit of pocket money as well."

District supervisor Roger Childs said Kapiti's collection area stretches out past Kapiti Island in the west, even moored boats, and deep into the hills to the east.

He said this year the census includes an option for people to fill in their form online, which is "secure, quick and easy".

"We're training our collectors in the next three days, and they're hitting the streets from Saturday . . . by March 24 their target is to deliver to 60 per cent of the households in their area."

People can call 0800 236 787 for census inquiries.

Kapiti Observer