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Local Authority Financial Statistics: Year ended June 2010
Embargoed until 10:45am  –  27 July 2011
Data quality

Period-specific information

General information 

Period-specific information

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

Reference period

This information release presents data collected from local authorities for the year ended June 2010. Data for previous years may have been revised where misallocations have become apparent.

Accuracy of the data

The previous Auckland councils merged on 1 November 2010. As most of these councils produced financial statements covering a 16-month period (from 1 July 2009 to 31 October 2010), rather than the customary 12 months, some balance sheet items and related data have been estimated at 30 June 2010. Transactions that occurred between 1 July 2010 and 31 October 2010 will be included in data for the year ended 30 June 2011.

General information

This section has information about data that does not change between releases.

Data source

The data is collected in the Local Authority Census, a comprehensive and detailed questionnaire. For most local authorities, the requested data will be based on their audited financial accounts, supplemented by information from individual local authority annual reports and subsequent enquires to councils.

Accuracy of the data

As local authorities have varying organisational structures and accounting systems, data for some council activities and data items is not always readily available so is sometimes estimated (by either the local authority themselves or by Statistics New Zealand). Any such estimation is not expected to materially affect any statistics produced.

Consistency with other periods or datasets

Most data items are consistent over time. However, there are some breaks in the time series for some items due to changes in the questionnaire used to collect the data.

Statistics in this release are consistent with other related economic statistics compiled by Statistics NZ, such as the Government Finance Statistics (Local Government), the Government Institutional Sector Accounts, and the Local Authority Statistics.

Timing of the published data

Local authority financial statistics are currently published 13 months after the end of the reference year. This is to allow for local authorities to complete their accounts, including auditors’ approval and processing of questionnaires by Statistics New Zealand.

Timed statistical releases are delivered using postal and electronic services provided by third parties. Delivery of these releases may be delayed by circumstances outside the control of Statistics NZ. Statistics NZ accepts no responsibility for any such delays.

More information

More information about local government statistics is available on our website.

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