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Review of the statistical standard and classification for iwi

Statistics NZ, in collaboration with Māori group representatives and government agencies, is reviewing the statistical standard and classification for iwi.

Aims of review

The overarching aim of the review is to investigate whether the existing statistical standard and classification for iwi meets the current and future data needs of users (Statistics NZ, 2016a). The findings of the review will help determine what changes might need to be made to the existing statistical standard and classification.

Stakeholder feedback was sought from Māori, iwi, government, and the public on concepts, definitions, rationale, criteria, and procedures, with a specific focus on understanding:

  • whether the current concepts and definitions remain useful for measuring iwi and Māori identity groups
  • whether different types of information (eg hapū, marae, or location), in addition to iwi, could improve the quality and use of iwi statistics
  • how to decide which groups, and which types of groups, are included in our classification(s) (list of groups).

Review process

We reviewed the statistical standard and classification for iwi with methodology informed by the classifications and standards review process (Statistics NZ, nd.c). The process reflects section 7 of the Statistics Act 1975, which prescribes periodic review of official statistics.

We conducted research and consultation as part of this process. The process comprised:

  • ongoing consultation with working group members representing Statistics NZ, Māori, and cross-government agencies 
  • a literature review of Māori groupings in New Zealand (Statistics NZ, 2016b) 
  • interviews with representatives from government agencies (Statistics NZ, 2015)
  • a formal consultation phase that ran from April to June 2016 (Statistics NZ, 2016c). This included:
    • 10 hui across the North Island, led by the Statistics NZ Kaihautū Māori 
    • an online submission process from 9 May to 12 June, resulting in 31 submissions from iwi, Māori groups, government agencies, and the public.
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