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A big thank you to all teachers and students who have taken part in the 2023 survey. Cashmere High and Newlands Intermediate are the leading schools to date.

Over 33,300 students have taken part so far! Another 2,300 students taking part and this will become our biggest CensusAtSchool ever – and the data is super interesting.

Now available in te reo Māori:

Of note:

2023 Garden bird survey starts June 24 – Get involved! 

Get students outdoors for homework! Classroom resources here.

Teach Data Literacy: a guide for teachers – a new primary statistics resource from Data Education in Schools in Scotland.  Excellent lesson ideas and classroom resources.

Maths Week/Pāngarau Wiki – registrations are openSubmit a topic for Maths Week and be in to win prizes! Maths Week runs 7-11 August, 2023.

CensusAtSchool launches Monday!

We’re excited to be on the final countdown! Here are some tips:

Can’t remember if you have registered or not?
Check by entering your email here. If your email doesn’t come up, register here. It’s never too late to register and take part.

Can’t find your registration code?
Get it again here

Unsure when you can take part?
Any time during school hours from Monday – it doesn’t need to be next week if it’s not convenient. The survey is open all year.

Need help preparing?
Please ensure that you have read the essential Teacher’s Guide. All the equipment needed to take part successfully with your students is included in it.

Want to take part over multiple days?
You can divide the activity into two sessions. Use the first session to take the measurements and fill in your data cards. Use the second session to fill in the survey online. The survey itself needs to be completed in one sitting by a student. However, different students from your class can fill it in on different days, for example, if you have limited devices or some students are away.

Have another question?
Email and we’ll get right back to you!

Prepare for CensusAtSchool

CensusAtSchool launches on February 13! With less than two weeks to go, here’s what you can do to prepare:

About CensusAtSchool New Zealand – TataurangaKiTeKura Aotearoa

CensusAtSchool New Zealand – TataurangaKiTeKura Aotearoa will launch of the eleventh biennial survey on February 13 to once again comprehensively chart students’ views of their own lives. The large national survey will give another intriguing glimpse into school students’ lives.

Thousands of primary, intermediate, and secondary school students around the country will share their views on issues as wide-ranging as their favourite ice cream flavour, the amount of time they spend on digital devices, whether or not they have blocked someone in the past week, opinions on alcohol, how many close friends they have, how happy they say they are overall, and their favourite sport to play.

CensusAtSchool New Zealand – TataurangaKiTeKura Aotearoa is a non-profit, online educational project that aims to bring statistics to life in both English and Māori-medium classrooms. It is run by the Department of Statistics at the University of Auckland in partnership with the Ministry of Education and Stats NZ.

Supervised by teachers, students from years 3-13 anonymously answer questions in English or te reo Māori on digital devices. Some questions involve practical activities such as measuring the length of their feet and weighing their laden school bags.

The eleventh biennial edition of CensusAtSchool is expected to have the highest number of schools, teachers, and students participating. More than 40,000 students are expected to participate in CensusAtSchool this year.

Preview the questions and see which schools are taking part on our website.

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

The New Zealand Census of Population and Dwellings is on March 7

The New Zealand Census of Population and Dwellings is the official five yearly nationwide survey of all people and dwellings in Aotearoa New Zealand. Data gathered through the census is used by communities, iwi, councils, businesses and government to make important decisions about where to fund and locate services and infrastructure across the motu; services like hospitals, schools, roads, public transport and parks and recreation facilities, power, internet, water, and housing.

Teacher guides for CensusAtSchool 2023 are now available:


Inside, you’ll find a questionnaire preview, a “behind the questions” guide, and an essential classroom preparation list.

Happy New Year!

We hope you found (or soon find) some sunshine to enjoy this summer break! 

It’s less than a month until CensusAtSchool 2023 launches! We have had over 650 registrations already. Please help us make this year’s CensusAtSchool the biggest ever by registering (only takes a minute if you haven’t already) and forwarding this email to other colleagues. 

CensusAtSchool is a fantastic, engaging, and positive hands-on activity for your students and a great way to kick off the school year. It forms an integral part of your statistics curriculum coverage and we have excellent resources to support your teaching. 

Register now

Key Dates:

February 13: CensusAtSchool 2023 launches!
March 7: National Census – check out the videos!

Register today to take part with your students next year. Even if you have registered before in the past, you’ll still need to register for 2023.

CensusAtSchool 2023 launches on February 13. See the full questionnaire preview.

IASE webinars

The International Association for Statistical Education (IASE presents our December webinar, and we welcome you all to join us. We welcome IASE and non-IASE members to the session and especially invite high school statistics teachers and other statistics education networks in your country.

Details about the webinar are below and on our webinar page

Statistical and Data Literacy in Policy-Making

7 December 2022; 09:00 UTC (see below for localized date/time)

Webinar duration: 90 minutes

Presenters (full bios on the website)

  • Reija Helenius, Group Leader, Director | Statistics Finland & International Statistical Literacy Project
  • Steve MacFeely, Head Statistician | WHO & ISLP
  • Walter Radermacher, Professor | Ludwig-Maximilians-University Munich & Chair of the ISI Advisory Board on Ethics & President | FENStatS: “Statistical Awareness Promoting a Data Culture”
  • Giulio Sabbati, Head of Statistical and Data Visualisation Support Office | European Parliamentary Research Service: “Statistical and Data Literacy: A Practitioner’s View on Policy-making: How to provide independent, objective and authoritative data and information for policy-making”
  • Milo Schield, Statistical Literacy Consultant | University of New Mexico: “Statistical Literacy: Seven Simple Questions for Policymakers”
  • Katharina Schüller, CEO & founder | StatUp & Board member | German Statistical Society: “Data and AI Literacy for Everyone”
  • Gaby Umbach, Part-time Professor, Robert Schuman Centre for Advanced Studies | European University Institute: “Statistical and data literacy in policy-making”

Register here

The webinar is organized by the International Statistical Literacy Project (ISLP), a project that aims to advance statistical literacy worldwide. The webinar is based on the SJIAOS special stream on Statistical and Data Literacy in Policy-Making (Vol 38, No. 2, 2022). As the publication did, the webinar offers conceptual reflections on statistical and data literacy in policy-making. In their presentations, the contributing authors reflect on the relevance of the use of statistics and data in politics and highlight the impact of both on policy-making. They underline the need for statistical and data literacy in policy-making and identify key elements of it. They also elaborate on how statistical and data literacy in policy-making is specific. The individual contributions to the SJIAOS special stream originate from the ISI World Statistics Congress 2021 Invited Paper Session on ‘Statistical and Data Literacy in Policy-Making’.


Starting at:


7 Dec, 12:00 am Anchorage
7 Dec, 1:00 am Los Angeles
7 Dec, 2:00 am Denver
7 Dec, 3:00 am Chicago
7 Dec, 4:00 am New York
7 Dec, 4:00 am Bogota
7 Dec, 5:00 am Halifax, Manaus
7 Dec, 6:00 am Buenos Aires, Rio de Janeiro
7 Dec, 9:00 am London, Lisbon
7 Dec, 10:00 am Paris, Rome, Lagos
7 Dec, 11:00 am Tallinn, Jerusalem, Ukraine, Harare

7 Dec, 12:00 pm Istanbul
7 Dec, 12:00 pm Moscow, Nairobi, Riyadh
7 Dec, 12:30 pm Tehran
7 Dec, 1:30 pm Kabul
7 Dec, 3:00 pm Dhaka
7 Dec, 5:00 pm Perth, Beijing
7 Dec, 7:00 pm Brisbane
7 Dec, 7:30 pm Adelaide
7 Dec, 8:00 pm Sydney
7 Dec, 10:00 pm Auckland

Register here

Ngā mihi nui



Dr Pip Arnold | Director

Karekare Education


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Maths Week 2022 will be held between Monday 8 August and Friday 12 August.

This year is the 25th anniversary of Maths Week – it started in 1998. To mark the occasion, we are having a “Design a Maths Week Logo” competition for all students in
Years 1 – 11. Entries will be made on the Maths Week website during Maths Week. There will be four year-level prizes. Supplementary prizes may also be awarded.

Maths Week provides resources for teachers and students to support the mathematics and statistics curriculum. Last year, 278 000 students and 6901 teachers throughout New Zealand registered for Maths Week. Maths Week material is available free, online, to teachers, students, and the public.

Teachers who register for Maths Week also have access to answers to questions and other notes. They will have access to this material from Monday 25 July.

The aims of Maths Week are:

  • to encourage student’s interest in mathematics and statistics
  • to give teachers resources that they can use in the classroom, particularly material that requires some research and which may not be readily available to them, or that can be used electronically in class
  • to show the pleasure that mathematics can provide and some of the everyday places where it can be used
  • to give teachers material that can provide an extension.

Maths Week resources are written in five levels for all students from Year 1 through to Year 11.

Learn more: