Wintec boosts census numbers for Stats NZ
Wintec helped Stats NZ give 2023 Census numbers a boost through their student hubs.
With more 2023 Census forms to be returned to Stats NZ, and factors such as recent extreme weather impacting participation, Waikato Area Manager for Statistics New Zealand, Godfrey Bridger, reached out to Wintec | Te Pūkenga to see if they could help by trialing an innovative new approach to increase census responses. To boost participation, Stats NZ extended the deadline for completion and launched a strategy of engaging with non-responders through public events and institutions.
Erin said, “Our Wintec campuses represent a wonderful diversity, including our Rainbow community and learners with disabilities. Within our City campus specifically, we have a large number of international students and people from migrant communities, and our Rotokauri campus has a high representation of Māori and Pacific learners.
“As such a diverse community of kaimahi and ākonga, it is really important that as many of our people as possible are captured by the 2023 Census, to ensure people of all ethnicities and walks of life are represented and can get the support they need in the future.
Two Stats NZ Senior Collectors, Ross Officer and Melisa Kristie, brought a team of staff to the Wintec Hubs, where they engaged with passing staff and students to offer support to complete their census forms.
Ross thanked Wintec for hosting the initiative on short notice, “We could not have achieved these results without your excellent cooperation!”
He also made a special mention of Wintec English tutor Karen Van der Lingen (pictured below), “A special mention and appreciation to your kind English Tutor, who marched down no less than about eight of her students, to sign up their census forms on the spot. We truly applaud her initiative.”