December 06, 2010

Government datasets online

Government data sets online. is a directory of publicly-available, non-personal New Zealand government datasets. This site does not host data, instead it links to datasets held on other government websites.

Official Statistics are produced by government departments to provide information for government and government departments, local government, businesses and the general public.

Government data sets online.


Government data sets online
Post note: Also of note is the government site index at This site acts as a good first point for describing and directing you to navigate to a broad range of government services.

September 22, 2010

Who can I vote for in the Local Elections?

Local elections

 In this website you can search who is standing for the October 9 local body elections in New Zealand in your locality.


Local elections

September 04, 2010

Christchurch Earthquake

 Earthquake in Christchurch, New Zealand this morning. (7.4). Ongoing Aftershocks.

More details, since revised to (7.1):

30 most recent NZ quakes:recent quakes
Seismic Drums:

We Had An Earthquake!




Since the devastating February 22 2011 earthquake in Christchurch which claimed lives, huge media focus has been on Christchurch. A national state of emergency was declared and remains in force. It reminds us of our vulnerability to the forces of nature and we take the steps we can to protect our families and strengthen our personal and business preparations for disaster. It is uplifting to see the great community support for the citizens of Christchurch and our hearts, thoughts and prayers are with those who tragically lost lives.

There is a hugely expensive rebuilt ahead for Christchurch ahead and we grieve the loss of iconic buildings and critical infrastructure. I look forward to visiting Christchurch and seeing the changes for myself at a future time. Kia Kaha Christchurch.

These additional resources are posted elsewhere on this blog but are as relevant as ever.






copy and paste above URL into address bar to view or highlight link, right click and select open link. (October 2011).

A place to remember and memorialise the quakes, their victims and the city's lost heritage and landmarks, one form of 'living memorial' (, which is designed to collect and preserve people's memories and other digital material relating to the earthquakes.

Christchurch Earthquakes/Canterbury Quakes


Digitised reports from selected volumes of the Appendix to the Journals of the House of Representatives. A to Js online

Digitised reports from selected volumes of the Appendix to the Journals of the House of Representatives. 

July 15, 2010

Getting Involved as a RWC Volunteer.

Rugby World Cup 2011

I learnt a little more about volunteering for the Rugby World Cup just lately after attending one of the road show presentations earlier this week.

The World Cup will run from the 9 Sept to the 23rd of October and twenty national rugby teams will be here in New Zealand in a variety of newly built or refurbished stadiums in several localities in New Zealand.

5000-7000 specially trained volunteers are needed. This is in addition to some 20,000 other jobs created by the rugby tournament.

At the road show I found out the following:

Volunteers commit to a minimum of 3 days/shifts of 6-8 hours in duration.
Volunteers must be at least 17 years of age.
Volunteers need to speak English
Volunteers need to Understand NZ and NZ culture
...Undergo a police check for some jobs
....Commit to a volunteer agreement and agree to terms and conditions.
....Qualities wanted include Committed, Passionate and Motivated; Proud and Positive; Hard working; Committed Team Member. Patience and Tolerance. Leadership. Manaakitanga (good hosts).
Fluency in other languages (for example in our region, French, Japanese and Canadian French/English were also skills advantageous for some RWC volunteer roles).

There are very few roles in the Stadium. No free tickets. Volunteers are unlikely to meet any rugby stars or see any games while volunteering.

Volunteers will get meals provided and a uniform that they can keep that will be issued in August 2011.

They will undergo some training beginning in May 2011 with some general training and orientation on-line.

Then in July/August there is job specific training in a classroom and venue specific training at the venues.

When applying on-line you are asked to pick three roles that interest you. You will then have a walk on, face to face, relaxed meeting/job interview to decide if the role you have been assigned fits you.(allow approx 10 minutes).

Some of the roles include: Festival hosts, Tourist Information Hosts, Transport Hub hosts, VIP Hosts, VIP administrators, Work force squads, Ceremony support, Spectator Services Squad, Drivers, Catering Standards Monitor, Attendance recorders, Media Assistants, Hotel Hosts, Airport Welcome Hosts...

So its very interesting to be informed and to volunteer if you are available for a minimum of 3 days during the 9th of September to the 23rd of October 2011 time frame.

Who Wants to be the Best Hosts in the World?

Rugby World Cup 2011

Individual tickets prices and dates for RWC 

*You can read the specifics for each role before choosing them on the website for signing up. There are some roles where volunteers are needed as early as Feb 2011. These may be in the bigger centres.


March 09, 2010

Census Advisory Update/ Interactive Boundary Maps

Census advisory update

The latest Census Advisory newsletter is now available at:

If you are having trouble following the link please copy and paste it, in its entirety, into your browser's address bar.


2010 Census Dress Rehearsal

2011 Census products and services

Census CURF consultation - closes 17 March 2010

Asian profiles

New subnational population projections

New Census Advisory coming soon
Census advisory update

Postscript 10 August:
Please Do check out this new feature :Interactive Boundary Maps from Stats NZ


January 19, 2010

Topic from a friend - DEGROWTH

Decroissance - Degrowth

Degrowth carries the idea of a voluntary reduction of the size of the economic system, which implies a reduction of the GDP. However degrowth is not simply about challenging the centrality of GDP as the overarching policy objective but proposes a framework for transformation to a lower and sustainable level and mode of production and consumption. Degrowth is about finding a path or a transition to social justice, well being and ecological sustainability. It involves a range of actions at the individual and collective level based on a change of values and democratization of societies. Degrowth is about people rather than technology deciding on the direction of societal evolution. It is also about giving meaning to human life which is not per se associated with conspicuous consumption and materialism.

This is interesting although I am committed to personal growth and to economic growth as well as ecological sustainability, well being and social justice. Of course there is this conflict in many areas of governance of natures resources. In the instance of the overfishing by industry below you can see where this philosophy is a helpful addition to a framework for thinking and strategy for acting. Good to have the debate.

Decroissance - Degrowth
I came, I saw, I commented!

Veni, vidi, vici.

I came, I saw, I conquered.

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