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Census in Canterbury – help with filling in the forms

Information for Canterbury respondents

In the leaflet 2013 Census – information for people in Canterbury (see Available files) we provide an overview of some of the census questions Canterbury respondents may need help with.

More detailed information for those affected by the 2010/11 Canterbury earthquakes is shown below.

Individual form

Question 5: Usual address

How should I answer if my address has been affected by the Canterbury earthquakes?

Give the address you are currently living at, unless you are temporarily living somewhere and will be moving back to your earthquake-affected address (once your home has been repaired or rebuilt, for example). In that case, give that address you will be moving back to.

Question 6: Years lived at usual address

How should I answer if I left my usual address due to the Canterbury earthquakes but later returned?

If you have been away from your usual address for any reason:

  • for a period of 12 months or more – take that period off your total number of years at that address
  • for a period of less than 12 months – ignore that period (do not take it off your total number of years at that address).

Question 24: Home ownership

What if I own a dwelling that I am not currently living in due to the Canterbury earthquakes?

Please answer this question for the dwelling at the address you gave in question 5 (your usual address), even if you own another dwelling that you are not currently living in.

I am in the process of selling the dwelling I usually live in to the government or a private insurer. Do I still own it? 

You still own your dwelling until the process of selling it has been completed (ie the date of settlement). 

Questions 30 and 31: Income

Should I include payments I have received as a result of the Canterbury earthquakes?

Do not count lump sum insurance or EQC payments, but do include any interest you have earned on those payments in the last 12 months.

Do not count one-off financial assistance payments (such as Red Cross payments).

Include any regular income protection insurance payments under ‘other sources of income'.

Question 39: Workplace address

How should I answer if my usual workplace address has been affected by the Canterbury earthquakes?

Give the address of the place you mostly worked at during the seven days that ended on 3 March 2013.

Dwelling form

Alternative accommodation

I'm currently using alternative accommodation (eg campervan, caravan, tent, garage) because my home has been damaged by the Canterbury earthquakes. How should I answer the questions on the dwelling form?

If you are living in the alternative accommodation, please count this as your dwelling, and answer the dwelling form questions accordingly.

If you are using the alternative accommodation as well as some of the rooms in your damaged home, please count the damaged home and the alternative accommodation together as your dwelling.

Question 9: Home ownership

How should I answer if this dwelling is being sold to the government or a private insurer?

The government or private insurer does not own the dwelling until the process of selling it has been completed (ie the date of settlement). 

Question 11: Rent paid by household

How should I answer if my rent is being paid by my insurance company?

The household does not pay rent if it is paid by your insurance company. Mark 'no' for question 11.

Questions 14 and 15: Number of rooms

Should I count rooms that are unusable due to earthquake damage?

If the unusable rooms will be repaired, count them towards your total number of rooms. If any of these rooms are bedrooms, please also include them in your bedrooms count.

If the unusable rooms will not be repaired, or you don't know whether they will be repaired, don't count them. 

Question 16: Fuels used for heating

My fireplace (or other heating device) is unusable due to earthquake damage. Should I include the fuel(s) it uses?

If your fireplace (or other heating device) will be repaired, include the fuel(s) it uses.

If your fireplace (or other heating device) will not be repaired, or you don't know whether it will be repaired, don't count the fuel(s) it uses.

Printable version of leaflet

The downloadable file is in Adobe Acrobat format. If you do not have the Adobe Acrobat Reader you may download the reader to view or print the contents of this file.

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