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Introducing government finance statistics

Statistics New Zealand is releasing a new statistical output on 27 July 2011: Government finance statistics (local government).

  • Government finance statistics (GFS) are an economic representation of a government's financial activity.
  • GFS are the International Monetary Fund’s preferred standard for publishing financial statistics on government.
  • The concepts underlying GFS are consistent with those used to produce balance of payments and national accounts statistics. Therefore, GFS are directly comparable with these other statistics.
  • The first release of this new analysis will include local government data for the years ended June 2009 and 2010.
  • Statistics NZ plans to extend its GFS analysis to include central government.

This paper explains what GFS are and their relevance. It also provides examples of the publication tables for the information release.

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Statistics New Zealand (2011). Introducing government finance statistics. Wellington: Statistics New Zealand

Published in July 2011 by
Statistics New Zealand
Tatauranga Aotearoa
Wellington, New Zealand
ISBN 978-0-478-37714-9

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