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Review of culture and identity statistics

Submissions on the draft domain plan for the Review of Culture and Identity statistics closed on 14 August 2009. 

Background

As part of the Programme of Official Social Statistics (POSS), Statistics NZ is reviewing information needs for the monitoring and measurement of issues of culture and identity of the New Zealand population. A draft domain plan for the Review was available for wider feedback. The draft domain plan includes a stocktake of existing data sources for culture and identity statistics, gaps in those data sources, and possible directions for future statistical development over the next five to ten years.

The plan aims to identify key information needs that will inform planning, policy and research; and establish a framework and final domain plan for meeting those information needs.

The plan has been completed with assistance from an interdepartmental steering group representing the following government agencies: Ministry of Social Development, Office of Ethnic Affairs, Department of Internal Affairs, Te Puni Kōkiri, Ministry of Pacific Island Affairs, Department of Labour, Ministry of Health, Ministry of Culture and Heritage, Department of Prime Minister and Cabinet, and Ministry of Education.

The draft domain plan was available for public feedback until 14 August 2009. Feedback was specifically sought on:

  • key information needs for government agencies, researchers, businesses and the broader community
  • priorities for statistical development and/or further research
  • the adequacy and comprehensiveness of existing data sources for culture and identity statistics.

Submissions were requested to provide detailed information on how information is or will be used by yourself, your organisation, and/or others.

Following receipt and analysis of submissions, a final domain plan, including recommendations, will be published by the Governnment Statistican in 2010. The recommendations will look to: 

  • consolidate existing surveys into a managed POSS programme 
  • suggest new surveys, if necessary, to fill priority information gaps
  • exploit other sources of data such as administrative databases
  • improve analytical capability for data collections, and 
  • improve dissemination of information and access to data.

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Scope

Information on culture and identity is vital to our understanding of fundamental social outcomes such as social cohesion and overall individiual and societal wellbeing. Good quality culture and identity statistics can assist policies aimed at maximising social cohesion without losing the benefits that flow from social and cultural diversity.

Areas of information need include, but are not limited to:

  • important subgroups people belong to and or identify with, which are also important for wellbeing
  • national identity, the common norms, values and characteristics that most New Zealanders would identity with
    behaviours and activities that are part of how people express their cultural identity
  • types of, and opportunities for, participation in cultural activities (including cross-cultural participation)
  • the contribition of that particpation to individual and societal wellbeing and social outcomes
  • the economic contribution of culture.

Topics covered include:

  • social cohesion and national identity
  • cultural expression and wellbeing cultural experiences and cross-cultural participation
  • active citizenship
  • Maori identities and culture
  • sexual orientation
  • immigrant settlement.

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Reporting back

Following receipt and analysis of public submissions, a final plan incorporating findings from the submissions will be published in 2010. This final plan will lay the groundwork for statistical development by identifying key priorities and information needs and how to address them. In particular, the final plan will aim to:

  • consolidate existing surveys into a managed POSS programme
  • suggest new surveys, if necessary, to fill priority information gaps
  • exploit other sources of data where possible (eg adminstrative databases) 
  • improve analytical capability for data collections, and 
  • improve dissemination of information and access to data.

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Related reviews

Statistics New Zealand has also reviewed the current ethnicity statistical standard. This review was limited to the treatment of the 'New Zealander' category in the standard, and results from this review will be available in late 2009. The draft paper, Draft Report of a Review of the Official Ethnicity Statistic Standard: Proposals to Address the 'New Zealander' Response Issue, is still available on the Statistics New Zealand website.

A separate paper on sexual orientation has also been prepared, which discusses sexual orientation as a potential area for the collection of official social statistics. Feedback is sought as part of the Review of Culture and Identity Statistics on the need for sexual orientation statistics. The paper can be accessed and downloaded from the Statistics New Zealand's website: Considering Sexual Orientation as a Potential Official Statistic: Discussion paper.

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Submission process

Submissions on the draft domain plan for the Review of Culture and Identity statistics closed on 14 August 2009. 

All submitters will be acknowledged by name in an appendix to the final plan, but generally not in the body of the report. Submitters who do not wish to be acknowledged in this way can tick the appropriate box on their submission form.

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Information and help

If you have any queries, please contact the Social Conditions Business Unit at social.conditions@stats.govt.nz, or by standard post to Review of Culture and Identity Statistics, Statistics New Zealand, PO Box 2922, Wellington.

Consultation documents

The Culture and Identity Statistics Domain Plan Draft for Consultation and the associated submission form are attached above in the available files section.

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