National census

Tonga’s census this month uses new technology

Kaniva News reports the new technology means the national survey would be easy, fast and timely.

But to be able to do that, Tonga’s Statistics Department is currently training 92 trainees in Nuku’alofa about how to record information that could be gathered on tablets.

These trainees will test-run the new technological programme on certain households in Tongatapu on November 14-25.

Statistician Winston Fainga’anuku claimed Tonga was the first in the Pacific Islands to do her census online.

Tonga's national head count on November 30

Winston Fainga'anuku of Tonga's Statistic's Department says the national head count is important for government's strategic plan.

Radio & TV Tonga News reports the Statistics Office is currently preparing for the national census on 30 November. 

For the first time, officials will use tablets to record information gathered. Census will be conducted by officers of the Statistic's Department and teachers throughout the island kingdom.

Tonga's population was more than 100,000 in the last census in 2011.