Everyone is being encouraged to stand up and be counted next week, regardless of whether they were born in New Zealand or are visitors.

Census NZ is on Tuesday and usually takes place every five years.

Upper Clutha team leader Dioni Naivaluvea, of Cromwell, was promoting the Census with her team at the Multicultural Football Festival in Wanaka on February 25.

Her mother, Lusia Daumeke, on holiday from Suva, was providing moral support.

‘‘We are just here to spread the word so people can take part . . . Everyone who is in New Zealand at the time should fill out the Census,’’ Mrs Naivaluvea said.

People can complete the Census online or visit local libraries in Wanaka, Cromwell and Lake Hawea.

Bene Schwarz, a Census team leader in Wanaka, grew up in the town.

He said people were available to help fill out the form.

He has already visited the Aspiring Lifestyle Village to help residents there.

‘‘It was awesome talking to the oldies. They’ve got some incredible stories about the area and also historical photographs. It is all about community connection,’’ Mr Schwarz said.

Mrs Naivaluvea arrived in Central Otago with her husband Kasiano, a chef, about seven years ago.

She said living in Cromwell was ‘‘awesome’’ and she loved being involved in the community.