Hobby blogger Farrar has bought fresh underwear

Statistics-New-Zealand_2It is that time in the cycle when the Census data is released, and we all know Farrar can’t contain himself when that happens.  Too tight to purchase adult diapers, he’ll round-robin a fresh set of reusable undies while the wealth of new statistical data causes him to lose control.

The Government Statistician will unseal the first results of the long-awaited 2013 census tomorrow, revealing that a rampant Auckland has grabbed more people and more power than ever before.

This is the first census in seven years, after delays when the 2011 Christchurch earthquake damaged the Statistics NZ offices and displaced thousands of residents. Then data processing staff had to be shifted this year after the two big shakes in Wellington.

Much hangs on the findings: schools are waiting to find out how many classrooms and teachers they will get; hospitals are waiting to find out how many beds they need.

It isn’t just the misguided that want to see the Census data.  It also has the power to change political fortunes.  

It is expected that, on the strength of the numbers of people counted in the North and South Islands, the Representation Commission will announce the creation of more parliamentary electorates in the North Island, and in particular, Auckland. The South Island will still have 16 seats, and there will be seven Maori electorates.

That means Aucklanders will have a more powerful voice in Government decisions, after next year’s general election.

There will be a divided New Zealand.  We have Maori and non-Maori, and increasingly, Aucklanders and non-Aucklanders.

Statistics NZ’s population clock estimates the number of people usually resident here at 4,486,000, but that allows for people who were out of the country on census day or who did not fill in census forms. The census number is likely to be slightly lower.

By 2031, Statistics NZ estimates, the population will hit 5.2 million.

Auckland has clocked up the highest growth, with a third of the nation’s population now calling the Super City home


Source:  NZ Herald

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As much at home writing editorials as being the subject of them, Cam has won awards, including the Canon Media Award for his work on the Len Brown/Bevan Chuang story.  And when he’s not creating the news, he tends to be in it, with protagonists using the courts, media and social media to deliver financial as well as death threats.

They say that news is something that someone, somewhere, wants kept quiet.   Cam Slater doesn’t do quiet, and as a result he is a polarising, controversial but highly effective journalist that takes no prisoners.

He is fearless in his pursuit of a story.

Love him or loathe him.  But you can’t ignore him.