The official census website tells us:
The 2006 Census is the first time New Zealanders will have the option of filling in census forms online. … The system has been designed to handle the expected 15–20 percent of the population who may choose to fill in their forms online. That’s around 600,000 people, or 250,000 households.
The census will be held on Tuesday, March 7, 2006.
The paper questionnaires are already printed. Around 178 tonnes of paper were used. The online forms have been finalised. … Forms may also be completed in English or Māori.
Now that’s interesting and good news in itself, but then comes this intriguing snippet:
2006 Census general manager, Nancy McBeth, says research shows about 15% – 20% of people find it easier to fill out forms on the Internet.
[Via: Radio New Zealand.]
I can’t track down any more information about that piece of research, but I’d love to know more.