Around a third of New Zealanders completed their census online, according to Statistics Minister Maurice Williamson.
There were 1.7 million forms submitted to the census website, with 130,000 forms submitted per hour at its peak, according to Computerworld .
Williamson's statistical excitement at the number of Kiwis getting things done online was evident in a tweet last night.
The excitement is rising. Latest update: more than 1.5 million census forms completed online by this evening.WOW how cool is that?— Maurice Williamson (@williamson_nz) March 5, 2013
Over the next month census collectors will be taking in forms from the two-thirds of New Zealanders not so digitally inclined. Using the online census data, the collectors are able to skip houses which have already filled in their forms.
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