Kiwis who avoided completing their census forms are now feeling the repercussions.
Statistics New Zealand (SNZ) has announced about 100 people will be prosecuted for not completing their census form.
Everyone in New Zealand on census night is legally required to complete their form or have it completed for them.
In recent weeks, SNZ has released the first results from the 2013 census, publishing population counts and electoral population numbers.
General manager of the 2013 census, Sarah Minson, thanked all those who did take part in the census.
"The information coming out of census and all SNZ surveys is used to make decisions that affect our future," she said.
"The quality of the information available from our surveys depends on people taking part and providing accurate information."
Since the census in March this year, SNZ had taken several steps to encourage people to complete their forms.
In July, Statistics NZ wrote to 450 people asking them to complete their census forms or face prosecution.
Following this, about 100 prosecution cases have been identified.
However, it was not too late to hand the form in.
"While it has been over seven months since census night, we will continue to accept completed forms throughout the prosecutions process," Minson said.
When deciding if to prosecute, SNZ took into consideration the type of offence, the personal circumstances of the person and the likelihood of success.
In 2006, after the last census, SNZ prosecuted 72 people, resulting in 41 convictions.
- © Fairfax NZ News
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