Need help with your online census?

The census has rolled around again and while New Zealanders are encouraged to take part by filling their forms out online there are those who feel they need some assistance.

And help is at hand at community access sites that will be open on census day.

Next Tuesday volunteers will standing by to help people connect to the census site.

In the Blenheim area volunteers will be available to give a hand at:

REAP Marlborough, 19 George St, Blenheim from 8.30am till 5pm.

Marlborough House, 21 Henry St, Blenheim from 10am till 7pm.

Marlborough District Library at 3 Arthur St from 9am till 6pm.

St Mary's School, 3 Stephenson St, Blenheim from 9am till 3pm.

Picton Library, 67 High St, Picton from 8am till 5pm.

In 2006 only 7 percent of census forms were completed online, but this year it is hoped as much as 35 percent will done in this format.

A campaign to encourage communities to complete their census forms online was launched by the 2020 Communications Trust called Come to Your Census.

Trust spokesman Laurence Zwimpfer, said the aim of Come to Your Census is to enable people who have participated in the trust's Computers in Homes and Stepping UP programmes to use their digital skills to complete the census.

People with an internet connection at home can complete their census forms after they receive their documents, that have been hand-delivered by 7000 collectors throughout the country, from Saturday, February 16. "We are encouraging any organisation with one or more internet-connected computers to open their doors to the people in their local community on census day, between 9am and 7pm," Mr Zwimpfer said.

"These community access sites could be schools, libraries, churches, workplaces, community centres, citizens advice bureaux, SeniorNet centres, food banks, tertiary institutions or marae," he said.

People need to bring both the census paper forms and the internet access code delivered to them by collectors to complete their census forms online at a community access site.

Organisations willing to provide a community access site for census online forms can register at Stepping UP 

The Marlborough Express