Stand up and get Southland counted is the call from Venture Southland in preparation for the 2018 New Zealand census.

The census is being held on Tuesday March, 6 2018 and Venture Southland chief executive Paul Casson is urging Southlanders to take part.

“We are currently sitting at 98, 400 people in the Southland region - it would be great to get that number above 100, 000,” Casson said.

Information from the census determines how government funding is spent across New Zealand and informs decisions about hospitals, schools, roading and public transport. 

“It is important that everyone takes part so that we can have the services and resources needed for our region to grow,” Casson said.

The census is able to be filled out online with an individual access code. This census is aiming to collect most information online however there is still an option for participants to request a paper version.

A number of initiatives have been established to encourage participation of the census.

Information from the census is able to provide a wealth of knowledge at a regional level and will complement many of the projects Venture Southland is involved with, including providing a clear indication of how Southland is tracking in attracting 10,000 new people to the region by 2025.

Venture Southland’s labour market team has been established to help achieve this target and will be promoting engagement and participation of the census across the region

Casson is hoping for a high participation rate in Southland,

“Let’s stand up and get Southland truly represented this census,” he said.

Unique access codes have been sent to every New Zealand household and more information about the census process can be found online at