Data and Statistics Bill

Subpart 4—Census of population and dwellings

34 Census of population and dwellings

(1)

The Statistician must take a census of population and dwellings of New Zealand in 2023 and in every fifth year after that.

(1)

The Statistician must take a census of population and dwellings of New Zealand

(a)

in 2023 or 2024; and

(b)

in every fifth year after the year in which the census is held in accordance with paragraph (a).

(2)

Taking a census may involve the collection of data by any means described in section 22.

(3)

The period of time during which the census will be taken must be appointed by the Governor-General by Order in Council on the recommendation of the Minister.

(4)

At a suitable time after the Order in Council made under subsection (3), the Statistician must publish the information specified in subsection (5)

(a)

on an Internet site that is administered by or on behalf of Statistics New Zealand; and

(b)

by any other additional means the Statistician considers sufficient for notifying the public of New Zealand.

(5)

The information referred to in subsection (4) is—

(a)

the period during which the census will be taken:

(b)

details of where to seek help and support related to the census:

(c)

details of—

(i)

how an individual may access a request made by the Statistician under section 23 as part of the census, or obtain a copy of the request; and

(ii)

how an individual may respond to a request made by the Statistician under section 23 as part of the census:

(d)

the legal obligation under section 29 to provide the data requested.

(5A)

In order to make a request under section 23 to an individual as part of the census, it is sufficient for the Statistician to publish under subsection (4) the information specified in subsection (5)(c)(i).

(6)

An order made under this section is secondary legislation (see see Part 3 of the Legislation Act 2019 for publication requirements).

Compare: 1975 No 1 s 23(1)–(3)