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About us

Independent, quality statistics are a cornerstone of a modern, healthy democratic state. As outlined in Principle One of the United Nations’ Fundamental Principles of Official Statistics (http://unstats.un.org/unsd/methods/statorg).

"Official statistics provide an indispensable element in the information system of a democratic society, serving the Government, the economy, and the public with data about the economic, demographic, social and environmental situation. To this end, official statistics that meet the test of practical utility are to be compiled and made available on an impartial basis by official statistical agencies to honour citizens’ entitlement to public information."

Statistics New Zealand is the leader of the Official Statistics System and the major producer of official statistics in New Zealand. In New Zealand, official statistics are all statistics that are produced by government departments. The Official Statistics System comprises all official statistics and the government agencies that produce them.

The Statistics Act 1975 sets out the framework for the collection and dissemination of official statistics in New Zealand. Under the Act, the Government Statistician is the government’s policy adviser on statistical matters and the official authority on statistical standards. The Government Statistician has sole responsibility for deciding the procedures and methods for official statistics produced by Statistics New Zealand and the extent, form and timing of their publication. The Government Statistician is also the Chief Executive of Statistics New Zealand.

To ensure official statistics are of high integrity, quality and are equally available to all, Statistics New Zealand sets, works towards, and monitors the application of protocols for producers of official statistics. To ensure the views of users are taken into account we work with the Minister of Statistics’ Advisory Committee on Official Statistics (ACOS), and we convene expert advisory groups such as the Advisory Committee on Economic Statistics, the Programme of Official Social Statistics Advisory Group and the Māori Statistics Advisory Committee. We participate in international forums to learn about and share best practice. We also contribute to the development and effective operation of statistics in a global environment.

As a key contributor to official statistics, we produce an official statistical output almost every working day. These include such critical measures of our economy as gross domestic product and the consumers price index, as well as a vast range of other statistics including outputs from the five-yearly Census of Population and Dwellings. We also facilitate the development of domain plans, to set out pathways for the collection of statistics across government.

Our values

In an ever-changing environment, we are guided by our six core values:

  • Statistical excellence
  • Integrity
  • Confidentiality and data security
  • Effective communication
  • Cooperation
  • Leadership.
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