Data shows ‘lots’ of people live in New Zealand after census workers get sick of counting

Prime Minister John Key said today that it was likely there were more people in New Zealand than the sixty-or-so recorded, but could not personally name that many.

Prime Minister John Key said today that it was likely there were more people in New Zealand than the sixty-or-so recorded, but could not personally name that many.

Census data released by Statistics New Zealand today has shown that the country’s population has increased by an uncertain amount to “lots”, but says it will not be issuing an exact figure, as its employees got bored counting.

“There are an awful lot of people in this country,” said government statistician Liz MacPherson. “So many that you would probably not be able to meet them all if you tried.”

“But we don’t know,” she added. “We haven’t tried.”

MacPherson said that the number of census forms returned to the government by New Zealand residents was “overwhelming,” and that there were “literally many.”

“Just boxes and boxes and boxes,” she said. “I think the first day we really put them all in one place, we said to ourselves ‘Woah, how are we going to count all those?’ So we didn’t.”

Asked if she could give a rough figure of the number of people in the newly-surveyed population, MacPherson said “At least 60.”

“We say that because that’s how far we got before giving up, but judging by the number of boxes, I’d say there’s probably a lot more than that.”

Statistics New Zealand says that, of the lots of people who reside in the country, “some” are Maori and “others” are Asian.

As a result of these new figures, the Government believes that “more” general electorates will be necessary, and that the number of Maori electorates should be increased or decreased to “some.”