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Topic # 6950 7-Mar-2006 13:58
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So, anyone who are residing in NZ today/tonight will be required to complete the NZ Census 2006 form...


just wondering, how many of you will answer "Other > New Zealander" in the question about your ethnic group? Or others that are not better categorised to the provided list?


Personally, I think it is important for all New Zealand Citizens to stick together and acknowledge the proper recognition for being a "New Zealander"...

Many a time, when you look at other countries' form, especially ones that asking for your nationality. Many have options of e.g. Australian, Malaysian, Singaporean, American, Mexican, French, British even New Zealander etc etc... but you never ever see the option "New Zealander" on our NZ forms -- what we get is the faction of New Zealand European, Maori, Samoan, Fijian or any other smaller group...



I hope this would help you all to think a bit about this question tonight, when you answering the question about your ethnic group. Choose Other > and write New Zealander and be recognised as the people of New Zealand.




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  Reply # 30081 7-Mar-2006 14:08
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Already done! I am a 5th generation New Zealander. Not New Zealand European or the one i find so offensive....pakeha

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  Reply # 30084 7-Mar-2006 14:20
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Personally I do not think it is that big of an issue. They are just trying to find out what ethnicityyou are (or combination of). Apart from a few overseas visitors we are all New Zealanders. This type of information is important to gather not only as a measure of how our country is changing, but also for planning purposes as different ethnicites have different needs such as health problems, etc.

While I shared your views up to about a week ago, when someone expalined it to me I could see the reason behind it.

 
 
 
 


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  Reply # 30086 7-Mar-2006 14:26
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I am a first-generation New Zealander, but object to the term European (far less than 50% of me is European).

I have Asian friends who are more New Zealander than I am (2 generations or more), yet somewhere along the line, the markers get blurred, and no one really knows who is who.

Stand up for what you want, and what you believe in. Investigate the alternatives, give them due consideration, but dont be swayed by others just because -they- think they are right.

Other > New Zealander.




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Reply # 30088 7-Mar-2006 15:05
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Seriously all they want to know is if you are 'white' - ticking NZEuropean would probably mean (most of the time) that you are 'white'. So, I am going to give them what they want.

Tick Other - White.

I am first generation kiwi and I have an 'Asian looking' friend who is 5th generation kiwi. He is more kiwi than me and the odd red neck still tells him 'to go back to where you came from'. My friend always answers 'What? Otago'.

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Reply # 30093 7-Mar-2006 15:44
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Jama: I have an 'Asian looking' friend who is 5th generation kiwi. He is more kiwi than me and the odd red neck still tells him 'to go back to where you came from'. My friend always answers 'What? Otago'.

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  Reply # 30114 7-Mar-2006 17:53
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I actually disagree.

Most people seem confused between Nationality and Ethnic Origin. For many of us our Nationality is a New Zealander. Ethnic Origin on the other hand is not your nationality but where your ancestors came from, for most "white" people in New Zealand this is from Europe - ignoring the next issue that most Irish/English/Welsh/Scottish don't consider themselves to be European! :-)



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  Reply # 30125 7-Mar-2006 22:06
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9.46pm filled out census forms online - was very quick and easy - well done Statistics NZ !!!




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Reply # 30131 7-Mar-2006 22:37
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Reply # 30141 8-Mar-2006 05:49
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Other - New Zealander and the old favorite, Religion - Jedi




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  Reply # 30143 8-Mar-2006 07:24
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Morbid1: Other - New Zealander and the old favorite, Religion - Jedi

Same - non-geek G/F did as well (asked me what she should put)




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Reply # 30146 8-Mar-2006 08:35
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No where on the form or in the instructions did it say that you had to answer all the questions so they got my name and address - that is it!

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  Reply # 30165 8-Mar-2006 11:07
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Jama: No where on the form or in the instructions did it say that you had to answer all the questions so they got my name and address - that is it!


Did you sign it? It mentions something at the end about answering all questions honestly and to the best of my ability or words to that effect.

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  Reply # 30166 8-Mar-2006 11:12
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The issue would then be what is your ability...

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  Reply # 30167 8-Mar-2006 11:47
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It says...

[48] Starting at question [2], please check your answers before you sign. If the person whose details are on this form is unable to sign, then the person who filled in the form should sign.
I declare that the information I have given is true and complete as far as I know.
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Reply # 30169 8-Mar-2006 12:21
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Exactly - the information I gave was true and correct

My name and my address!

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