Census debacle - absence of iwi data "absolutely dire"

From Nine To Noon, 9:09 am on 14 August 2019

Last year's botched census saw a 20 per cent drop in the response rate among Maori to 68 per cent - the worst ever.

The head of Statistics NZ, Liz MacPherson, resigned yesterday following the release of a highly critical report into the botched survey which found too much focus on a digital-first approach, and not enough staff on the ground or paper forms in many communities, particularly affecting Maori. 

Andrew Sporle is an Auckland University sociologist and statistican and a founding member of Te Mana Rauranga - the Maori data sovereignty network. He tells Kathryn the botch up will have lasting implications for Maori.

Blurred Crowd of People On Street, unrecognizable crowded population as blur urban background, Vintage Toned Image.

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