November 30, 2007


Archives New Zealand's new audio visual website is now online at

The site showcases over 100 film clips sourced from the National Film Unit and is a big step forward in making Archives New Zealand's audio visual collection more accessible and visible to New Zealand and international viewers. Films featured on the site include Weekly Review and Pictorial Parade newsreels as well as one-off documentaries. Historic events covered include Queen Elizabeth's visit to New Zealand in 1953, New Zealanders leaving for Europe at the beginning of World War Two and the opening of the Rimutaka Tunnel.

A wiki feature gives visitors the opportunity to add descriptive detail and share their comments about the films with others.

The Minister responsible for Archives New Zealand, Hon Judith Tizard,launched the new website at a function in the Beehive to mark 50 years since the passing of the Archives Act 1957. You can read her full press release at:


November 20, 2007

Census seminar

I feel lucky to have attended one of the Census seminars and have recorded the updates provided post course below. This was an interesting and well run seminar presentation and "table builder" is a truely powerful tool, allowing a multitude of statistial variables to be created into graphs for ease of understanding and to allow comparison and contrast. I would like to use this much more in the future.
I have attended these seminars in the past annually where there was more of a user focus, with modules for attendees to follow online. This time around we did not use the programme on pcs at the time of the seminar but viewed a powerpoint and listened to four very good speakers, including someone from the call centre, a Maori statistical specialist and another person focusing on a regional update of Napier largely (with some attention to Hastings). The venue was the Napier Council buildings and this was a very good venue for this type of presentation. The libraries have a partnership with statistics New Zealand and we are encouraged to contact the department freely on their freephone for any assistance to work at accessing any statistics.

2006 Census seminars
Regional census seminars were held between 23 October and 9 November in 25 locations throughout New Zealand. These seminars were very successful, with approximately 1,300 people attending. The seminars were an opportunity for Statistics New Zealand to promote the range of information available from the census, how it can be used, and to provide instruction on how to access this information. They were also a chance to meet users of census data face to face, and to respond to users' issues and queries. Thanks to all those who attended the seminars, and for the interesting comments and questions that were raised. We recognise and appreciate your continuing role in promoting and disseminating census information to your local communities.

The seminars also provided a useful opportunity to highlight the planning underway for the 2011 Census....

The presentation content has been posted on the Statistics NZ website, and can be accessed here:

You can access the location specific content from all 25 seminars from the above link. A demonstration of how to use Table Builder will also be available on the web by the end of the month.

Due to technical difficulties, interactive QuickStats About a Place web pages are not available at present. PDF documents covering the full range of information are available on the Statistics NZ website.

Who responded as New Zealander?
During the seminars a number of questions were raised about the review of the measurement of ethnicity and the New Zealander output category. For more information on the review and for the report, Profile of New Zealander Responses, Ethnicity Question: 2006 Census go to:

We also plan to publish shortly a set of guidelines for the use of 2006 census ethnicity data. These update and expand on guidelines included in the current ethnicity standard, and seek to establish a consistent and robust approach to comparing census ethnicity statistics with those derived from other sources. They include guidelines for the production of time series and have been developed in consultation with expert users and producers of ethnicity data.

Census Update - 13-12-12

QuickStats About Unpaid Work
The eighth QuickStats About a Subject from the 2006 Census – QuickStats About Unpaid Work –is now available. This QuickStats looks at unpaid work within households, unpaid work outside households, and voluntary work. It also provides information about a range of related factors, including age, sex and ethnic group.

Table Builder –Incomes
The Incomes Table Builder module is now available. This module includes information on total personal income, family income, and sources of income.Three new tables providing information about hours worked per week have been added to the incomes module today.

2006 Census seminars follow up...

1. Table Builder videos
A series of four videoclips with audio commentary are now available to assist with the use of Table Builder. These videoclips provide instruction on how to access and use Table Builder using 2006 Population Census information. The videoclips are aimed towards new and intermediate users of Table Builder.

2. Geographic hierarchy
Information about the geographic hierarchy used by Statistics New Zealand, including information about meshblocks.

3. Programme of Official Social Statistics (POSS)
POSS has been established to provide a coherent system of official social statistics across the government sector. Key elements are consolidating existing surveys, introducing new surveys to fill information gaps, exploiting other sources of data, and improving analytical capability, dissemination of information and access to data.

Information about this programme is available at:

4. Guidelines for Using Ethnicity Data: 2006 Census This paper provides good practice guidelines for users of ethnicity data from the 2006 Census following implementation of the 2005 ethnicity standard. Census 2006 used the 2005 ethnicity statistical standard which enables, among other things, the separate classification of New Zealander responses.

To view this paper go to:

5. Survey of Dynamics and Motivations for Migration in New Zealand (DMM)
This survey investigates reasons for internal migration and provides insights into demographic characteristics of people who have moved or not moved, as well as satisfaction ratings for living conditions.

6. Standards development
A number of standards are being developed or reviewed for use in Statistics NZ surveys and collections across government. These reviews cover the topics of: dwelling type, tenure, income, usual residence, qualifications and household and family. The reviews have a range of completion dates through 2008 and 2009.
The purpose of standards is to define variables in a consistent way. This enables comparison between surveys and makes it possible to integrate data from different surveys.

For more information about classifications and related statistical
standards, go to:
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