Rural Women New Zealand have released a media release raising our concerns for how data is being collected in this year’s census.
Please read the media release below.
CENSUS DATA COLLECTION INTEGRITY QUESTIONED
This year’s census is in danger of not providing the data needed to make good decisions, says Rural Women New Zealand (RWNZ).
“Whilst we understand and support the excitement of capturing our census data online, our concern is that many people still do not have access to internet while others might not have the capability or capacity to do so,” says National President, Fiona Gower.
“The timing of the delivery of access code letters, which indicate that New Zealanders can opt for paper forms presents challenges for our rural communities, given that delivery of mail is taking longer and might only be delivered three days a week.
“The chances of a rural household without internet or with unreliable internet, receiving census paper forms in time for Tuesday, 6 March is slim, and that is concerning.
“RWNZ is doing everything possible to ensure our networks are aware of the new way of doing the Census although surely more thought should have gone in to how the valuable information about the lives and status of New Zealanders would be collected.
“Maybe this year, there could have been a concerted effort to use both electronic collection and paper collection to ensure integrity of the data,” says Ms Gower.
Please contact the National Office for more information.
Rural Women New Zealand
04 473 5524
(image source: www.census.govt.nz)