The census set for early March has been cancelled and will not be held this year. Government statistician Geoff Bascand made the announcement today saying a large part of the census operation was run from Christchurch and had been badly damaged in the quake.
The quake had also left people displaced and their futures unclear which made the March 8 census difficult, he said. The census was also cancelled in 1931 due to the depression and in 1941 during the war.
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