1/03/2018 3:57:49 p.m.

Thursday 1 March 2018


Lakes DHB Chief Executive Ron Dunham wants everyone who lives in the Lakes DHB area to make sure they fill in the Census.

Census Day is Tuesday 6 March, but people can complete the census online, or on the paper form, on or before this date. Most people have now received their access code and once they have this letter they are able to do the census online, or call 0800 CENSUS (0800 236 787) for a paper form. 

Ron Dunham says it is in the bests interests of health and the DHB, to make sure as many people as possible fill out the census form.

“The data that will flow of this year’s census will help inform decisions about services and where they should be. We need everyone who lives in the Lakes DHB area to tell Stats NZ that they live here, in our Taupo or Rotorua local body areas, or in Mangakino which is also part of our DHB area. That will mean that the Ministry of Health’s Population-Based Funding Formula will provide our DHB with the correct funding to provide healthcare for people using our health services.”

Every completed census form provides Lakes DHB with funds for each person each year, for the next five years.
Ron Dunham adds that people should not worry about privacy issues around filling in the census, as their census information is completely secure and confidential.

He’s encouraging all DHB staff to use the full range of their community networks in order to encourage people to take part in the census.

The census is the official count of how many people and dwellings there are in New Zealand. What’s different about this census is that Stats NZ is hoping to collect most of the census information online.

Last month, Stats NZ planned to send or deliver an access code to every household in New Zealand. Completing the census online is secure, quick and easy and possible on various devices including mobile phone, desktop, laptop, or a tablet. Paper forms are still be available for those who prefer them.

Ron Dunham says information from the census helps determine how billions of dollars of government funding is spent across New Zealand. It can be used to inform decisions and make plans about services and where they should be, such as hospitals, kĊhanga reo, schools, roads, and public transport.

For more information about the census, go to