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Whanganui tests new online census forms

NZ Newswire logoNZ Newswire 3/04/2017

Whanganui residents are taking part in a dummy run to help preparations of the next census.

Statistics NZ wants to check it's on track for the five-yearly national population count on March 6, 2018.

It has sent out access codes to 19,000 Whanganui households so they can trial new online forms designed for tablets, mobile phones and desktop computers.

Census general manager Denise McGregor says the response has been encouraging, with 2000 households already having participated ahead of the test day on Tuesday.

"We'd love to see people in Whanganui, who haven't taken part yet, take a few minutes out of their day to complete the test online," she said.

"The test is an excellent opportunity to test systems and processes in one city, so Stats NZ can use real life examples and work out how to scale the approach to work for the whole country."

She said Stats NZ was aiming for 70 per cent of the country to take part online in the next census.

The data collected during the Whanganui test would be used for planning purposes and then destroyed.

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