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Statistics – more than meets the eye
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Each year Statistics New Zealand runs more than 100 surveys, takes more than 12,000 phone calls for information and receives over 1.5 million website visits, all to deliver a mind-boggling array of facts, figures, and findings.

The information we gather plays an important role in economic markets, business decisions, government spending, and infrastructure construction.

This wealth of information also helps to tell stories about the country. To mark the International Year of Statistics, we’ve pulled together some possibly less well-known facts that link statistics with different parts of the country.

“Statistics are more than just numbers. Through analysis, the information we gather can be the basis for informed decision making, and can help dispel myths or reinforce common perceptions,” Deputy Government Statistician Vince Galvin said.

Going by the numbers can offer a different picture of New Zealand. Did you know that Auckland homes are the most likely to have access to a mobile phone – there are 313,902 in the region. Canterbury is the biggest regional council area and has the largest potato production area; and Manawatu-Wanganui is the region most-densely populated by sheep.

“Did you know that 25 percent of New Zealand's dairy cows live in Waikato, that's nearly 1.8 million cows,” Mr Galvin said.

As Statistics NZ holds such a wide and diverse range of information Mr Galvin says it is also reassuring to know that 86 percent of public respondents trusted statistics produced by the government. This level was higher than for all European countries and is similar to Australia’s.

For more interesting facts, see our infographic Kiwi facts and stats

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For media queries, contact:
Kelly Mitchell
Wellington 04 931 4464 or 021 190 3173
Email: info@stats.govt.nz

Published  16 April 2013

Authorised by:
Geoff Bascand
Government Statistician

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