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Annual Enterprise Survey: 2014 financial year (provisional)
Embargoed until 10:45am  –  28 August 2015
Data quality

Period-specific information

This section contains information about data that has changed since the last release.

General information

This section is for information that does not changes between releases.

See Data collection methodology  on DataInfo+ for information on data sources, population, survey design, and interpreting the data. 

See Annual Enterprise Survey on DataInfo+ for information on using AES data. 

Period-specific information

Reference period

This is the first release of the Annual Enterprise Survey (AES) results for the 2014 financial year. We collected data from businesses with balance dates between 1 October 2013 and 30 September 2014. These results are provisional and we may revise them as further information becomes available over the next two years.

Accuracy of the data

As part of ongoing development to AES, we improved the survey by further increasing our use of administrative data to replace sampled units.

AES 2014 population

The population for the AES 2014 financial year was 437,958 units, consisting of:

  • 319,937 (73.0 percent) sourced from IR 10 information
  • 16,547 (3.8 percent) sourced from the postal survey
  • 5,059 (1.2 percent) sourced from other government data
  • 431 (0.1 percent) sourced from Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment data
  • 95,984 (21.9 percent) non-sample units.

In AES 2014, we weighted the postal survey unit responses to represent the non-sample units. The corporate response rate required for the postal collection is set at 85 percent of the industry's goods and services tax (GST) sales. The response rate in 2014 was 90 percent.


Administrative data use in 2013 and its effect on published variables

For information on the use of administrative data in 2013 and its effect on published variables see Annual Enterprise Survey 2013 – data collection methodology.

Family trusts move to household sector in financial assets investing

In 2014, AES used the Statistical Classification for Institutional Sectors. Because of this change, family trusts are now classified under the household sector. Before 2014 they were classified under the non-financial business sector.

The AES does not measure household sector activities. As a result, over 10,000 family trusts included in the scope of AES in 2013 are excluded in 2014. The impacts of the change can be seen in the financial position of the financial asset investors industry (NZSIOC KK112) for the 2014 financial year, particularly in the decrease in fixed asset holdings measured by the AES.

General information

Availability of results

The supplementary tables available from the 'Downloads' box contain a selection of the tables available from AES. In most cases, tables are published to New Zealand Standard Industrial Output Classification (NZSIOC) level 4. In some cases, tables at an even less-aggregated level may also be available. This year, we added new information by sales bands. 

Please contact our Information Centre to request information.


Data collected and information contained in this publication must conform to the provisions of the Statistics Act 1975. This requires that published information maintains the confidentiality of individual respondents.

More information

See DataInfo+ for more information about the Annual Enterprise Survey.

Statistics in this release have been produced in accordance with the Official Statistics System principles and protocols for producers of Tier 1 statistics for quality. They conform to the Statistics NZ Methodological Standard for Reporting of Data Quality


While all care and diligence has been used in processing, analysing, and extracting data and information in this publication, Statistics NZ gives no warranty it is error free and will not be liable for any loss or damage suffered by the use directly, or indirectly, of the information in this publication.


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