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This guide covers general New Zealand statistics from a wide range of sources from the 1840s to the present. New Zealand statistics specific to a particular subject are covered on the subject guide relevant to that subject. The study of statistics is covered on the Mathematics and Statistics Subject Guide.
Please note: Māori Statistics are available on this page.


Historical Statistics

Guides

Arrow Contains significant New Zealand content In Print Guide to New Zealand Official Statistics 3rd ed. 1955

Arrow Contains significant New Zealand content In Print Statistical Publications 1840 - 1960 1961

Arrow Contains significant New Zealand content In Print New Zealand, a Handbook of Historical Statistics 1984

Arrow Contains significant New Zealand content In Print Understanding Aotearoa/New Zealand: Historical Statistics 1997

Arrow Contains significant New Zealand content In Print History of Statistics in New Zealand 1999

Arrow Contains significant New Zealand content Working with Statistics: a Brief History of Statistics in New Zealand

Arrow Nga Kupu Ora In Print A directory of the location of statistics on the New Zealand Māori population from official sources (1991)

Arrow Nga Kupu Ora In Print Te Iwi Māori: a New Zealand population, past, present and projected (1991)

Time Series Data

New Zealand official statistics have been collected since 1840, when the Colonial Secretary was responsible for their collection. From 1853 - 1910 the Registrar-General was responsible, and from 1910 to the present, the Government Statistician is responsible for statistics collection.

1840 - 1852

Arrow Contains significant New Zealand content Blue Book of Statistics 1840

Arrow Contains significant New Zealand content In Print Statistics of New Zealand for the Crown Colony Period 1840 - 1852
Compiled from a number of sources including: New Zealand Government Gazette, New Zealand Blue Books, Parliamentary Papers of Great Britain and statistics gathered in government departments and regions, plus other publications published at this time.

1853 - 1920

Arrow Contains significant New Zealand content Long-term Data Series
A series collected together by Treasury staff to provide information on demographic, social and economic trends in New Zealand. The series cover varying periods of time between 1840 and 2004. They are made available as downloadable Excel spreadsheets (Excel 2002 format); each file contains one data worksheet and one documentation worksheet.

Arrow Contains significant New Zealand content In Print Statistics of New Zealand for... 1853 - 1920
This series started in 1853 with Volume 1 covering 1853 - 1856. The series is compiled from official records, however, Volume 1 (1853-1856) is not complete, due to fire destroying some Wellington records and census data collected on different months throughout the regions. Between 1856 - 1920 the series was produced annually.

Arrow Contains significant New Zealand content Appendices to the Journals of the House of Representatives (A to Js)
1858 - present in print
1858 - 1950 online - AtoJsOnline
Early volumes included statistical data in annual reports, e.g. Police (G6).

Arrow Nga Kupu Ora In Print Observations on the state of the aboriginal inhabitants of New Zealand (1859)

Arrow Contains significant New Zealand content In Print Municipal Handbook
Published biennially from 1903 - 1926. Covers material relating to each of the cities and boroughs in New Zealand.

Arrow Contains significant New Zealand content In Print Monthly Abstracts of Statistics 1914 - 1989
See the next section (1921 - Current) for information on more recent developments with the Monthly Abstract of Statistics.

1921 - Current

Arrow Contains significant New Zealand content Long-term Data Series
A series collected together by Treasury staff to provide information on demographic, social and economic trends in New Zealand. The series cover varying periods of time between 1840 and 2004. They are made available as downloadable Excel spreadsheets (Excel 2002 format); each file contains one data worksheet and one documentation worksheet.

Arrow Contains significant New Zealand content Appendices to the Journals of the House of Representatives (A to Js)
1858 - present in print
1858 - 1950 online - AtoJsOnline
Early volumes included statistical data in annual reports, e.g. Police (G6).

Arrow Contains significant New Zealand content In Print Municipal Handbook
Published biennially from 1903 - 1926, when its title changed to Local Authority Statistics. Covers material relating to each of the cities and boroughs in New Zealand.

Arrow Contains significant New Zealand content In Print Monthly Abstracts of Statistics 1914 - 1989
Continued by Key Statistics.

Arrow Contains significant New Zealand content In Print Key Statistics 1989 - 2010
Continued by Statistics New Zealand's Browse for Statistics.

Arrow Contains significant New Zealand content Statistics New Zealand: Browse for Statistics

Arrow Contains significant New Zealand content Nine individual annual statistical reports followed on from the Statistics of New Zealand for... series from the early 1920s, changing their titles at regular intervals:

Arrow Contains significant New Zealand content In Print Demographic Trends 1987 - 2007
The latest volume is also available online (2012)

Arrow Contains significant New Zealand content New Zealand Official Yearbook (NZOYB)

Arrow Contains significant New Zealand content Information Releases
An A-Z list of Statistics New Zealand's Information Releases, which provide the latest statistical snapshots. Formerly called Hot Off the Press.

Arrow Contains significant New Zealand content Statistics New Zealand
The Statistics New Zealand website provides a huge amount of data. Much of it is available online from the 1980s and 1990s.

Statistics For Universities

Statistics for Universities is an agreement between Statistics New Zealand and the Council of New Zealand University Librarians (CONZUL).  This agreement enables academics, researchers, and students at all New Zealand universities to obtain an additional range of statistical products and data packages. The content of this agreement is subject to a review every 12 months.

Products and Services Available to Universities

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The role of the university contact officer is to manage the internal administrative processes on behalf of their university.

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Ext. 4878

 

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