Today is Tuesday 5th March, the day of the 2013 New Zealand Census.
A Census is when a country counts all the people living in a certain area.
Over the last few days census collectors have handed out 1.8 million forms to households. This year a record number of people have also completed their census on-line.
Every person in New Zealand today must, by law, fill in a census form. This means holiday makers, the homeless and those in hospital. Even people on cruise ships who are only visiting New Zealand for the evening must complete a form.
The census is the five-yearly snapshot of New Zealand and is the only opportunity to get an official count of everyone and their dwellings.
All census information is kept confidential by Statistics New Zealand and can only be used for statistical purposes.
- Online census numbers growing (kiwikidsnews.co.nz)