Just when it seemed the 2018 Census debacle couldn't become any more farcical, it has. In courts up and down the land, a token 60 representative recalcitrants are being dragged before the judiciary for failing to fill in a form.

That leaves, by my calculation, only about 699,940 fellow citizens quaking in their boots waiting for their turn to be disciplined. For that's the grand total of Kiwis, so Statistics New Zealand chief executive Liz Macpherson confessed to a parliamentary select committee last month, who had either failed completely (about 460,000) or partially (about 240,000) to participate in the