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Statistical standard for iwi: 2016 review

Statistics NZ, in collaboration with Māori group representatives and government agencies, is reviewing the statistical standard for iwi. The standard provides guidelines and classification criteria for collecting and reporting information on iwi in New Zealand. It was developed in 1994 and has not been reviewed since then.

The review aims to better meet the current and future needs of those who use iwi statistics by reconsidering the concepts, definitions, criteria, and procedures we use to collect information about iwi. We are asking for feedback from the public to help guide our work.

Submissions for the review are now closed. We are gathering all responses from online and written submissions and from hui and discussions with iwi and Māori identity groups. We will publish a summary of the responses on our website.

The submissions we receive will help us make recommendations for the 2018 Census and to draft a statistical standard. We will ask for feedback on the draft standard from key representatives before finalising the standard. The standard is approved by the Government Statistician.

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The next steps in the iwi review process are to revise the standard so that it better meets the needs of those who use iwi statistics. The recommendations (see paper below) will be guiding our work. Some of the changes to the standard will include updating the way decisions are made to include iwi in the classification.

For example, in relation to recommendation 3
Replace the current iwi classification criteria with new criteria to better reflect a post Treaty settlement environment and a contemporary New Zealand society. Change the process to create a more collaborative and inclusive partnership with Māori to facilitate updating and maintenance of the classification.

There will be further consultation early next year around the proposed changes to the standard, which includes criteria for inclusion into the classification. Following on from that we will refresh the classification list of iwi groups from June 2017. 

Discussion of findings from the 2016 review of the statistical standard for iwi (published October 2016)
Presents a range of options for revising the statistical standard for iwi.

Recommendations from the 2016 review of the statistical standard for iwi (published October 2016)
Recommendations on whether, or what, changes need to be made to the existing statistical standard and classification for iwi, in order to meet current and future data needs of users.

Statistical standard for iwi: consultation and research findings and recommendations (published October 2016)
Introduces the latest phase of the 2016 review of the statistical standard for iwi, and the findings and recommendations documents.

Background papers

Review of the statistical standard for iwi: Summary of key points (published June 2016)
This paper provides a brief overview of the purpose of the 2016 review and the key questions we aim to answer.

Review of the statistical standard for iwi – frequently asked questions  (published June 2016
Answers to questions you may have about the review and consultation.

How should we measure iwi and Māori identity groups across government? A consultation paper (published April 2016)
This paper provides an in-depth discussion of the rationale for the review, the current definition of iwi and how iwi statistics are used, and possible ways to meet future data needs.

New Zealand literature review of Māori groupings (published April 2016)
This report provides an analysis of contemporary Māori groups in New Zealand through a qualitative analysis of literature written by Māori scholars and theorists.

Page updated 4 November 2016

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