Earthquake forces cancellation of census
Fri, 25 Feb 2011 10:07a.m.
The Government has announced the cancellation of the March 8, 2011 census this morning .
Tuesday’s devastating 6.3 magnitude earthquake in Christchurch has made it impossible for the census to be successfully completed, Statistics Minister Maurice Williamson said.
“This is not the time to go door to door asking New Zealanders for information, when they’re dealing with the aftermath of the earthquake,” he said.
“It’s unthinkable we would ask this of people. It would be an unfair burden and distraction at a time when they are grieving.”
It is not yet known when the next census will be.
Statistics New Zealand buildings in Canterbury have been extensively damaged, with significant impacts on its staff.
Government Statistician Geoff Bascand acknowledged the decision would have consequences for people who used the census data in their work, but said the Government would now “investigate the feasibility of alternative options”.
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27/02/2011 8:35:14 p.m.
So what do we do with the documents? Are we supposed hang on to them or chuck them and they will be reissued?
25/02/2011 4:22:11 p.m.
I understand why it has been done,And support goes out to everyone . But this is really going to impact on the Census workers. And we all still need to surive :(
25/02/2011 3:07:34 p.m.
This is not good... This will have a worse effect.... Why not just postpone it?
25/02/2011 11:07:14 a.m.
Sue Byrne wrote:
All our family pray for the people waiting for news of loved ones..we are among the lucky families My son Steven Byrne and his wife Di and son Evan are all ok..Di also has family who are shaken but ok.My thoughts are with you all at this most dark time.. Love to you all from a very relieved Liverpool family (Sue & John Byrne)
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