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Local Authority Financial Statistics: Year ended June 2011
Embargoed until 10:45am  –  24 July 2012
Data quality

Period-specific information
This section contains data information that has changed since the last release.

General information
This section contains information that does not change between releases.

Period-specific information

Reference period

This information release presents data collected from local authorities for the year ended June 2011. Data for previous years may have been revised where misallocations have become apparent. Any provisional data used in this release will be updated and revised as necessary.

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 have been included in data for the year ended 30 June 2011.

General information

Data source

Data on local authorities' finances 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. Therefore, it is sometimes estimated (by either the local authority themselves or by Statistics NZ). 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.

How the creation of the Auckland Council affected local authority statistics

The data presented in this release are available for each local authority in New Zealand. The statistics are based on their financial accounts. The latest available figures are for the year ended June 2011. These statistics include data for the councils that combined to form Auckland Council on 1 November 2010, as well as data for the new council. The eight councils that were replaced by the new Auckland Council were Auckland City Council, Auckland Regional Council, Franklin District Council, Manukau District Council, North Shore City Council, Papakura District Council, Rodney District Council, and Waitakere District Council. No attempt has been made to show an aggregate response for what is now one Auckland council.

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 NZ.

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.

Liability

While care has been used in processing, analysing, and extracting information, Statistics NZ gives no warranty that the information supplied is error-free. Statistics NZ shall not be liable for any loss suffered through the use, directly or indirectly, of any information, product, or service.

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