9 Oct 2019

New Caledonia census extended

3:49 pm on 9 October 2019

The census being held in New Caledonia will be extended by another week.

Petanque in Noumea

Photo: RNZ Walter Zweifel

The operation was launched on 10 September and about 90 percent of the data collection is complete.

According to local media, about 300 officials will keep working mainly in the greater Noumea area to collect the outstanding forms.

The results are expected to be released before the end of the year.

Apart from questions about ethnicity, people are being asked separately if they think they are Caledonian.

In the 2014 census, 39 percent of respondents identified themselves as indigenous Kanaks and 27 percent as Europeans.