Access for all
If you’re wondering what to do about elderly relatives who live in retirement homes or rest-care facilities, Stats NZ is providing support to these places, so their residents can participate in the census. Dedicated census collectors will deliver census packs – including paper forms, internet access codes and return envelopes – to retirement villages and rest homes. These census collectors will also help staff understand how they can support residents in doing the census.
Accessibility is a priority for the 2023 Census. There is a focus on supporting people who may have experienced barriers to participation – including older people – to fully participate in the census with independence and dignity.
For the first time, a Large Print version of the census form is available. Audio information is also available, and people can listen to the audio files on the census website or request these on CD or USB stick. For Braille users, hard copy information can be requested, which includes a Braille copy of the census letter and the questions. All the alternate formats are available by calling 0800 CENSUS (0800 236 787) or going to the census website.
Stats NZ is also partnering with organisations such as Age Concern and SeniorNet, to support older people with the census. Your local branch of these organisations, or your local library and Citizens Advice Bureau, can also offer help. You don’t need to take anything with you, but if you have your census letter with an access code, that can help. Find your nearest location for support here.
Looking for work?
Stats NZ is still on the lookout for census collectors, and retired people are welcome to apply. The hours can be flexible, with part-time options available. For more information, look online.