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Running a Napier sheep and beef farm with her husband, working for Federated Farmers, being involved in local body politics and managing a family keeps Tania Kerr on her toes, so when the opportunity arose to complete Stats NZ ’s Agricultural Production Survey online she jumped at the opportunity.
“Being organized is the key to running three enterprises from one desk, so anything that saves time is a bonus, particularly compulsory surveys,” says Tania.
“My focus is on getting things done and off the desk quickly. I also have all the information needed to complete the survey on the computer, so doing it online makes a lot of sense.
“Surveys like this are important to ensure the decisions about our business and community are based on facts. It’s our opportunity to have a say.”
Agriculture is New Zealand’s largest industry. The annual Agricultural Production survey of 30,000 businesses has recently been made available online after more than 80 years of being paper-based.
The survey identifies any changes in the agricultural sector - from the number of sheep, dairy cattle and other livestock nationwide to how much land is planted in forestry.
Stats NZ is committed to getting all its business surveys online in the next couple of years, to help firms spend less time on administration and more on looking after their customers.
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