It's Census Day; the day when every New Zealander really counts.
We were due for a census in 2011, but of course events of 22 February 2011 put the kibbosh on that as Christchurch was in a state of disarray. So the interval since our last census is now seven years instead of the normal five, and it will be interesting to see what effect those extra two years have on trends that have been compiled over a number of years.
We'll be doing our census online at some point of the day, although Statistics New Zealand has warned that their website will be under pressure today. An elderly but computer-savvy friend was telling us last night that his online census experience was particularly good, so we'll take his word for it until such time as we can pass comment ourselves!
The data provided by the census is crucial to those who make the important decisions in our communities, so it's vital that we all participate. And the 2013 census will be especially significant as it will be the first official measure of population changes in Canterbury in the wake of the earthquake that delayed to proposed 2011 census.
So do the right thing today, and complete your form, either in paper form or online here. We all count today, but only if we count ourselves.