The census is a nationwide five yearly survey that provides an official snapshot of life, people, and communities in Aotearoa New Zealand.
Census data is used by lots of different groups to help work out where funds and services are needed for people and communities. To best represent who we are, our communities, and groups in the population we are part of, it is important that all of us complete the census and feel comfortable doing that.
The next census is happening on 7 March 2023. For the first time, the census is asking questions about gender, sexual identity and variations of sex characteristics (Intersex).
We’re getting ready for it and have some key information below! We’re also sharing about Zeal Wellington Rainbow group and how they’re supporting young people within the Rainbow community.
Every community has its own unique footprint and needs, and the collection of information about Rainbow communities in Aotearoa New Zealand will enable Rainbow groups and individuals to advocate for their needs on the same footing as other New Zealanders.
Why data helps rainbow rangatahi
Why including rainbow inclusive questions is important
Looking for a safe space to chat about the census?
Check out Zeal Wellington Rainbow group
Rainbow Hangs happens every Thursday from 3.30 – 5.30 for high school aged young people. Here rainbow and takatapui youth have a space to belong, build stronger connections, be their authentic selves and have Zeal youth workers to support them. Held at Te Pokapū Hapori and supported by The Y and InsideOut Kaora, Zeal’s Rainbow Hangs is currently the only queer exclusive space in Wellington and has welcomed close to 50 young people since kicking off in June 2022.
Zeal Youth Workers ensure a good vibe is happening, whether that’s having deep chats, playing games, watching some early 2000s Disney cartoons or having a dance party. Youth Workers help bridge young people who attend Rainbow Hangs to other forms of local support and help them navigate different challenges they might have.
Zeal Wellington’s Rainbow Hangs is a place where young people who might not feel safe at home, or school can come be their authentic selves and make new friends Regardless if young people have it figured out when they walk through the doors of Zeal Wellington Rainbow Hangs, they’ll be greeted by one of the team and brought into a warm and supportive space.
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Inside out, Zeal Wellington, New Zealand Census and all rainbow communities partaking in completing the upcoming 2023 census. We’re so inspired by your mahi and the future for Aotearoa rainbow rangatahi and communities.