Monday, 27 April 2009

ethnicity and the census

i've had a couple of posts up at the hand mirror: one i did last week on voluntary military service and another today on religion and gender equality. i found the latter one very difficult to write, and am not sure i've said it how i wanted to, but there you go.

this came through on aen today:

During the 2006 Census there was much debate about ethnicity, including a high-profile public campaign for the inclusion of a ‘New Zealander’ tick-box in the census ethnicity question.

Given the level of public concern and the need to ensure the ongoing quality and usefulness of statistical information gathered in the census, Statistics New Zealand decided to review the ethnicity measure through research and consultation.

Statistics New Zealand today released a discussion paper that details preliminary views of the issues and includes draft proposals to address them... Feedback is required by 25 May 2009.

i do have a lot of things to say about this, but maybe tomorrow.


Raf said...

Me too. Am I the only one tired of having to work out my "ethnicity"?

Why are we so intent on creating divisions and groups. We all know where that leads.

I look forward to your post.

stargazer said...

um, i don't think i'm gonna be saying what you think i'm gonna be saying...

hope you find it valuable anyway!