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2023 Census Teacher’s Toolkit

Stats NZ is developing a Census Teacher’s Toolkit to help teachers bring the 2023 Census on 7 March to life for students in the classroom and at home.

The 2023 Census Teacher’s Toolkit includes a tailored lesson plan, activity pack and a competition in which students can create their own census.

Dancer and entertainer Elvis Lopeti has been brought in to inject some fun and humour into the lessons through Tik Tok videos that will be available for use in the classroom and at home. The lessons are aimed at Years 3 to 7 but can also be adapted for Years 8 to 10.

“We hope that the excitement that these lessons will generate in classrooms will spill over into homes across the nation and encourage all whānau to take part in the 2023 Census. We look forward to seeing what tamariki and rangitahi come up with when developing their own censuses and what’s important to them,” says Simon Mason, deputy government statistician and deputy chief executive census and collections operations.

There are around 100 stationery voucher prizes, valued at $100 each, up for grabs for those participating in the census competition.

The Teacher’s Toolkit is available in English, Te Reo Māori and nine Pasifika languages. It has been developed with teachers, alongside tamariki and rangatahi, and reflects connections to culture, values and community. The toolkit aligns with Level 2 and 3 social studies curricula.

The toolkit relates specifically to the 2023 Census and is not part of the CensusAtSchool programme.

For further information, and to sign up for early access to the resources, please visit