Eastern Courier : January 14th 2011
5 EASTERN COURIER, JANUARY 14, 2011 NEWS See more in store. Excludes already reduced yellow sticker items. Not in conjunction with any other offer. While stocks last. Range may vary between stores. TWL14577 All stores open until at least 8pm daily OR SHOP ONLINE Mosgiel store open until at least 6pm www.thewarehouse.co.nz $14 NOW EA $1350 NOW FROM NESDAY 12TH to TUESDAY 18th January CAESAR SANDAL SEE IN STORE FOR MORE STYLES! HOT PRICE S i t E l d l d d d ll ti k it N ti j ti ith th ff Whil t k GET IN QUICK! OFFERS VALID FROM WED ALL BACK 2 SCHOOL FOOTWEAR 5% OFF 2 It's all about the numbers By DAVID TAURANGA Desperately seeking you: Statistics NZ urgently needs more census collectors, so area manager Dene Russell, left, collection operations regional manager Heather Maloney and area manager Graham Resnick took to the streets in Manukau this week to try to find them. Photo: DAVID TAURANGA If you know your neighbour- hood well and want to earn some money, Statistics NZ is desperate to talk to you. The national statistical office needs collectors to work for six weeks as part of the 2011 Census on March 8. The census is the official count of how many people and dwellings there are in New Zealand at one time, and its information helps deter- mine how government funding is spent in the com- munity. Collection operations regional manager Heather Maloney says 300 collectors are needed to deliver paper forms and an internet access code to every dwelling in Counties Manukau. We are around 60 people short of this target and des- perately need more, she says. But she and her staff aren t sitting back and waiting for collectors to come to them -- they ve taken to the streets to drum up support. They ve stationed them- selves outside The Ware- house on Cavendish Drive this week in a bid to sign up more collectors. I ve been a collector three times in the past and it is such a fascinating job, Ms Maloney says. You meet a whole range of people and encounter some very interesting situations. Collectors officially start on February 14 and finish on March 27. They can earn between $1300 and $1500. All are provided with a manual that explains the role and will undertake 11 hours of paid training split over two days. Each will be assigned an area with around 300 dwellings to which they will deliver internet access codes and paper forms. So before census day they ll deliver forms and codes and then afterwards go back and pick them up, Ms Maloney says. Statistics NZ is also encouraging people to take part in the census online. The more people collectors can convince to do the census online, the fewer forms they ll have to pick up afterwards. Ideal collectors are mature, fit and healthy and have good reading and writing skills as well as excellent people skills. People with driver s licences and access to vehicles are also preferred as collectors need to get them- selves to and from training, as well as their assigned areas, she says. It is also an ideal job for a mum at home because you deliver the census when people are expected to be home, like evenings. The role is also great for job experience and anyone who can show us their skills, determination or work ethic is able to get a good refer- ence. Applications close Sunday at 5pm. Go to www.census.govt.nz/ jobs.aspx for more information. A voice for the people Think bureaucrats are missing the point? Got an opinion they should hear? Then join the People s Panel. The Auckland Council needs residents who want to have a say on issues and be a sounding board for future plans, policies, new services and service improve- ments. Communications and public affairs manager Shelley Watson says the panel gives Aucklanders an opportunity to pro- vide feedback on the things that are import- ant to them. We want to know what people think about our services, policies and plans, and to hear new ideas about how Auck- land can become the world s most liveable city. To join log on to www. aucklandcouncil.govt.nz/ peoplespanel, complete your details and they ll invite you to complete your first survey or feedback form. Participants will be asked to provide feedback on at least three topics a year via a monthly email. The People s Panel needs volunteers from all communities to ensure that results and feedback represent the views of all Auck- landers, Ms Watson says.
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