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Nature and Scope of Functions

The importance of official statistics

Independent, quality statistics are a vital part of a country’s infrastructure. They underpin decisions by central and local government, businesses, international investors and potential migrants, community groups, and the general public. Access to relevant, accurate, and timely statistics greatly assists those making individual, communal, and commercial decisions.

A sound and impartial system of official statistics plays an increasingly important role in supporting these decisions. It is vital that official statistics are, and are perceived to be, reliable and objective. The independence of the Government Statistician, the operation of the Official Statistics System in line with its Principles and Protocols, and the provision of a separate national statistical office, reinforces the integrity of New Zealand’s statistical system.

Our roles in the Official Statistics System 

Statistics New Zealand is a government department and New Zealand’s national statistical office. Our work is guided by the Statistics Act 1975 and the United Nations’ Fundamental Principles of Official Statistics. We are responsible for ensuring official statistics are of high quality and are equally available to all.

As leader of the Official Statistics System and the major producer of official statistics in New Zealand, our roles are to:

  • provide assurance on the quality, relevance, and value-for-money of official statistics
  • promote the value and use of official statistics
  • deliver and disseminate official statistics, in the most efficient way possible.

The fulfilment of these roles will yield trust and confidence in the Official Statistics System, and provide access to official statistics.

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