26 Sep 2011

Statistician says shorter span for census can only benefit Tonga

3:48 pm on 26 September 2011

The head of Tonga's Department of Statistics says the introduction of a five yearly cycle for the country's census can only be beneficial.

In preparation for November's census, 'Ata'ata Finau, says some households have been asked to test some census material to make sure it doesn't create any confusion.

The last census was in 2006 but the one before was in 1996.

Mr Finau says government reform has assured that the census will be held every five years and that will help future planning for Tonga

"We feel more advantage for the decision makers to have five yearly census information rather than ten years interval."

Ata'ata Finau.