27 Jul 2009

Next census in March 2011

8:29 pm on 27 July 2009

The next New Zealand census will be held on 8 March 2011.

Statistics New Zealand announced the date on Monday, saying preparations for the official count of population and dwellings are already under way.

Acting government statistician Cathyrn Ashley-Jones says it hopes more people will fill out census forms online this time.

In the last census, 7% of people completed forms online, but Statistics New Zealand is hoping for at least 20% this time.

Ms Ashley-Jones says about 7,500 staff will be needed to carry out the census, which provides a snapshot of New Zealand.