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    PRESS RELEASE FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Census Census Battle Returns to Court The court case between Libertarianz member Nikolas Haden and Statistics New Zealand
    Message 1 of 1 , Apr 10, 2007
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      PRESS RELEASE

      FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
      Census

      Census Battle Returns to Court

      The court case between Libertarianz member Nikolas Haden and
      Statistics New Zealand will be heard in court on Wednesday. Mr Haden
      is defending himself against charges brought by Statistics New Zealand
      in relation to Mr Haden's refusal to fill in last year's census.

      According to Statistics NZ estimates in the 2006 Post Enumeration
      Survey there were about 92,000 New Zealanders who did not fill out
      last year's census. It seems however that only about 100 are being
      prosecuted. This prosecution appears to be motivated by the political
      protest mounted against the census by the Libertarianz party.

      The Libertarianz party has taken a moral stand against the census, not
      so much because of the information collected, but because the
      information acquisition is compulsory and backed by the threat of
      fines and jail time. Now it appears that these threats are
      selectively enforced as there are large numbers of non-compliant New
      Zealanders who are not being prosecuted.

      Libertarianz is the only party which has consistently stood for
      individual rights and freedoms - such as the freedom to not fill in a
      census form - and is supporting Mr Haden's fight for these rights.

      Mr Haden appears in the Wellington District Court at 10.00 am
      Wednesday 11 April and can be contacted afterwards on (027) 444 4143

      ENDS

      For more information contact:

      Nik Haden
      Libertarianz Census Spokesman
      Phone: 027 444 4143
      Email: nik.haden@...

      Libertarianz - More Freedom, Less Government
      www.libertarianz.org.nz
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