Census workers required

CATHIE BELL
Last updated 07:37 05/12/2012

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Statistics NZ will advertise this week for about 280 census collectors in Marlborough and Nelson for the 2013 census.

The jobs involve part-time paid work during a six-week period from February 11 to March 24 next year. Applications open on Friday.

Census collectors work from home and work flexible hours, although weekend and evening work will be required.

Census community engagement manager Nikki Hawkey said delivering and collecting census forms in Marlborough and Nelson regions brought with it some unique challenges, including counting seasonal and itinerant workers in the wine and fruit industries, the air force base at Woodbourne and reaching people on the coast, in the Marlborough Sounds, and up mountains. "It means census staff have to travel into some very remote and hard-to-reach places - and add tramping boots and boats to their list of requirements."

She said Statistics NZ worked closely with accommodation and activity operators and the Conservation Department to ensure that as well as the resident population, tourists, visitors and trampers staying in hotels, motels, camping grounds, baches, boats and huts were counted on census night, Tuesday March 5 next year.

"In places like this, census collectors with good local knowledge make a significant contribution to the quality of the data we collect."

Everyone who is in New Zealand on census day must complete a form.

The census can be completed online or on paper, in English or Maori.

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- The Marlborough Express

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