Census forms will be delivered to every home in New Zealand from tomorrow as the Government gears up for its first population survey for seven years.

The census will be carried out on March 5 after being postponed for two years by the Christchurch earthquakes.

Statistics Minister Maurice Williamson said the forms would include an internet access code for people to complete online.

"It's a secure, quick and easy option. If everyone in a household completes forms online then the census collector will receive a text saying they don't have to return that address to collect them," Mr Williamson said.


Official collectors can be identified by yellow identification badges and blue bags.

Statistics New Zealand expects more than two million forms to be completed online.