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A message from the Government Statistician and Chief Executive

Ehara taku toa, i te toa takitahi, engari he toa takitini.
Success is not the work of one, but the work of many.

I am delighted to present the 2014/15 annual report for Statistics NZ.

Inside this report you will read about many of our achievements. Some of the key ones include:

  • The success of the 2014 General Social Survey and ongoing delivery of content from the 2013 Census and Te Kupenga.
  • Ongoing insights from the Integrated Data Infrastructure.
  • Moving to customer-focused rather than survey-based releases – such as the new Goods and Services Trade by Country release.
  • Going fully digital with the consumers price index collection.
  • Our lead in the cross-government Data Futures work.
  • Collaborating to create value with key government partners – environmental reporting and our IPANZ award-winning work with the Ministry of Education.
  • Addressing our legacy IT issues by completing phase 1 of our transformation programme.
  • Consulting on census topics online for the first time and getting traction with transforming census.
  • Securing investment for developing new balance sheets statistical releases.

A new strategic direction

Our new strategic direction positions us well for the critically important work we have to deliver.

Unleashing the power of data to change lives

Empowering decisions by adding value to New Zealand’s most important data

Our refreshed vision and purpose reflects the fact that the environment Statistics NZ operates within has changed dramatically, and that statistics are only one way to enhance value from data for New Zealanders. The changes in the world around us provide Statistics NZ with a ‘once in a generational opportunity’ to add value, and we intend to seize it.

The new approach will allow us to remain relevant by helping to shape that future. We are widening our focus – from statistics to data. The approach shows how we will add value through the roles we play within the data ecosystem.

Creating customer value

As part of charting a new course for the organisation we are placing our customers, and creating customer value, at the heart of everything we do. We have started to see the positive results of this focus in the development of products and services that better meet customer needs, some of which you will see in this report.

We completed the first development stage of our modernisation programme, Statistics 2020 Te Kāpehu Whetū, and laid the foundations for further transformation. We are now working on the second stage, where the focus turns to transforming the way we work: extending our reach, improving efficiency, and enhancing the value our work delivers.

We recognise we are one of several agencies that have a critical role in unlocking New Zealand’s strategic data and information assets. We have taken a lead in driving a collective approach to data leadership across the Public Service.

Working in partnership

We continued to grow our influence across government as leaders and stewards of the Official Statistics System and the wider data ecosystem. This included working in partnership with other agencies in areas such as environmental reporting and the Government’s response to the recommendations of the New Zealand Data Futures Forum. We are also developing a plan to build government capability in data analytics and data science, leveraging expertise across government, academia, business, and social sectors.

We are committed to reaching out to new partners, such as businesses, so we can extend our products and services to drive greater value for a wider range of customers.

Statistics NZ is motivated by the significant opportunities it has. We have begun to add value through unleashing the power of data, but there is much more work to do.

I am extremely proud of the organisation and the changes it is making, and I am excited and energised by the potential we have to make a difference for New Zealand.

Liz MacPherson
Government Statistician and Chief Executive

30 September 2015

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