Statistics and numeric data
- New Zealand Community Profile
The profile provides demographic information for the Districts and Cities of New Zealand based on results from the 2013, 2006 and 2001 Censuses of Population and Dwellings.
- Te Whakahura a Kupe - Aotearoa – Iwi and Rohe Profiles
The profile provides an analysis of the Māori descent population of New Zealand, based on results from the 2013 and 2006 Censuses of Population and Dwellings.
- OECD statistical profile of New Zealand
- New Zealand in the OECD
Broad economic and social overview.
- Statistics New Zealand
Browse for data by topic or use the website tools to create your own tables or graphs; online tutorials are available.
- Business Toolbox
Access industry, markets and customer information.
Births, census, deaths, estimates and projections, life expectancy, migration and guides on how to interpret the data.
Data resources are listed by subject and agency.
- Long-term data series
Access demographic, social and economic data.
Access to statistical information relevant to Māori, including Statistics New Zealand's survey of Māori well-being - Te Kupenga
- Business Toolbox
- New Zealand Government datasets online (also known as data.govt.nz)
A directory of publicly-available, non-personal New Zealand Government held datasets. This site does not host data, instead it links to datasets held on other government websites.
- The Social Report
Ministry of Social Development.
- Quality of Life
Ministry of Social Development. Initially covering the six largest cities it has been expanded to include twelve territorial authorities.
- Review of New Zealand Longitudinal Studies
Overview of the range and quality of New Zealand longitudinal data by the Families Commission.
- Wiki New Zealand
Collaborative website making data about New Zealand visually accessible.
Resources to customise data
- Statistics New Zealand provides specialised research services
- Statistical Consulting Service
Provided by the University of Auckland Statistics Department on either a fee per service or retainer basis to internal and external clients.
- Centre of Methods and Policy Application in the Social Sciences (COMPASS)
University of Auckland.
- New Zealand Social Research Data Archives
- New Zealand Social Statistics Network
University of Auckland.
- ClickZ Stats
Reports on internet and media trends.
- Correlates of war data
Scientific data about war, and identification of the factors that would explain the temporal and spatial variation in war.
Cranfield Network on Comparative Human Resource Management. Contact Erling Rasmussen for access.
- Current Population Survey
United States Bureau of the Census for the Bureau of Labor Statistics monthly survey of about 50,000 households.
The leading provider of high quality statistics on Europe. It includes EU policy indicators, population and social conditions, and economy, finance, general and regional statistics.
UNESCO Institute for Statistics
Statistical branch of the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO) delivers comparative data for countries on education, science and technology, culture, and communication.
More websites are in OFFSTATS under specific topics.
Economic statistics datasets free on the web
United States, global economic data and stock market data.
Links to statistics sites, arranged by topics including education, gender, health, finance, poverty, labour, agriculture, food and nutrition, trade, commodities, and debt.
- International macroeconomic dataset
From 1971 through 2017 for real (adjusted for inflation) gross domestic product (GDP), population, real exchange rates and other variables for 31 countries and 34 regions.
- Harvard CID
Cross-country political, economic, and demographic data sets including Penn world tables and Polity. Free, but registration required.
- Living standards measurement study, World Bank
Historical data on economic aggregates (eg, GDP, wages) and calculators for making value comparisons over time (eg, relative value, purchasing power and exchange rates).
- National accounts main aggregates database
United Nations annual data for GDP and exchange rates from 1970.
Compare and graph countries over a vast array of topics.
- NBER datasets
United States National Bureau of Economic Research includes: trade, tariff and occupational wages around the world.
- Panel Study of Income Dynamics
University of Michigan. See also: Member country listing from IFDO (International Federation of Data Organizations for the Social Science)
- Penn world tables
University of Pennsylvania includes: purchasing power parity and national income accounts in international prices.
- Public opinion surveys.
CISER's (Cornell Institute for Social and Economic Research) list of internet sites.
- Tests and Measures in the Social Sciences: Tests available in compilation volumes
- World Bank research datasets
- World values surveys
Information only. Online data access is by subscription. See also the 2005 New Zealand values survey.
Numerical data search that provides access to Internet statistical data including charts and diagrams.
Data meta sites
- Data links
Sponsored by the AEA, (American Economics Association) mostly to economic and financial data resources.
- Data on the net
SSDC (Social Science Statistical Data) links to social science statistical data, data catalogs and data libraries.
- Economic data
Links from Rutgers University Libraries.
United States Federal Statistics. Select relevant data from the drop down lists.
- United Nations Department of Economic and Social Affairs. Search by country or select Free text search for data.
Data archive centres
- Australian Social Science Data Archive
University of Stirling Cambridge Social Interaction and Stratification Scales project is an internationally comparative assessment of the structures of social interaction and stratification across a number of countries
Council of European Social Science Data Archives. Includes North America and Australasia.
Collection of Biostatistics Research Archives.
- Government Document Archive
United States researching public documents.
International Association of Social Science Information Service and Technology.
International Federation of Data Organizations for the Social Sciences.
National Digital Archive of Datasets is part of the United Kingdom National Archives. Provides access to government policy and legislation across a wide range of issues (eg, health, education, housing, crime and the environment).
- UK Data Service
United Kingdom Economic and Social Research Council.
Statistical information can be in either print or electronic form. The General Library, University of Auckland, has a fairly comprehensive collection of statistical data both in print and electronic format. The print Statistics Collection is located on Level M, General Library. There are QR codes on the shelves to link from the print to the current electronic version using a mobile phone or ipad. Also check NZStats and OFFSTATS for online links.
Yearbooks, statistical bulletins, abstracts, etc, published by national statistical offices or other government departments for most countries. Selected monographs which contain substantial statistical information published by a quasi-government or non-government organisations are also included.
The material is arranged by:
- S1 - Non governmental organisations (NGOs), followed by the organisation abbreviation (eg, EU, FAO, ILO, IMF, OECD, UN).
- S2 - National statistics, followed by the country abbreviation, then by a code based on a subject keyword, eg, S2 / FJI STAn (Statistical news / Fiji Bureau of Statistics) or S2 / NZ CEN (New Zealand Census).
- S3 - International statistics from tertiary sources such as Euromonitor, Economist Intelligence Unit, Mintel.
- Consider What kind of data?
- Include statistics in a Library Search or database search, eg, education new zealand statistics.
- The print equivalent of electronic publications provides more detailed information on how, for example, data has been calculated or the source of the raw data.
- Books in the Statistics Collection, Level M, General Library have a Not to be borrowed or Reference only status.
- Books with statistical information (including appendices with statistical data) in the general collections are available for borrowing.
- Journal and newspaper articles often include statistics, search a selection of databases for likely articles, eg,
- Check in NZSTATS and OFFSTATS databases.
- For business data use BISO to refresh your research skills
- See also Country information for profiles, rankings and rating; Energy information sources, Statistics, Mathematics and Finance.
What is a census?
The census in New Zealand is an official count of population and dwellings. It takes place every five years and is carried out by Statistics New Zealand. For further information go to About census, Statistics NZ.
From the Encyclopaedia Britannica.
- Census geography
From the International Encyclopedia of Human Geography.
- Census data
Statistics New Zealand Census website including 2013 Census data as it becomes available. 2013 Census table finder is an Excel spreadsheet that helps you find the table you need by variable and topic.
- New Zealand Community Profile
Provides demographic information for the New Zealand districts and cities based on results from the census taken in 2006 and 2001. 2013 data is being added as it becomes available.
Statistics New Zealand dynamic map and chart display for the 2013 census data.
- 2013 census by Council
A dynamic map display tool, part of the Spatial Time Series by Market Economics.
- 2006 Census of Population and Dwellings
Complete data available as downloadable Excel spreadsheets.
- 2006 Census Meshblock Data (and Guide)
May be integrated with StreetLink which concords streets and areas to larger administrative areas; or mapping systems using Geographic or digital boundary layers.
- Census print publications, shelved in the General Library Statistics Collection, Level M at S2/NZ CEN.
- Early census data
- In depth statistical data
- Blue book of statistics, 1840-54
Microfilm 89/6-8. Held General Library Level G, Microtext Room.
- Blue books 1840 to 1855
Digitised by Archives New Zealand.
- Statistics of New Zealand for the Crown Colony period 1840-1852
Digitised by the University of Auckland Library.
- Statistics of the Colony of New Zealand for the year...
Covers 1853-1920. From 1921 onwards a series of mostly annual subject reports have been produced.
- Monthly abstract of statistics
Published 1917-1989, and then 1990-2010 as Key Statistics.
- Official handbook of New Zealand
For the years 1875, 1889, 1890 and 1892.
- Yearbook collection
1893 onwards. Digitised by Statistics New Zealand. Print version New Zealand Official Yearbook. The first "official yearbook" was published for 1893 and appeared in print until 2012. Combined volumes are: 1921/22; 1947/49; 1951/52. No yearbooks were published in 1991, 1999, 2001, 2003 or 2005.
- Appendix to the Journals of the House of Representatives (AJHR)
Published annually from 1858. The Appendices are a record of papers tabled in Parliament including annual reports of government departments. Papers in the AJHRs are classified under a system of “shoulder numbers”. The early volumes in particular include statistical data.
- Questions for written answer
New Zealand Parliament. The Replies can be an informative source of statistical data.
- Statistical publications 1840-2000
A comprehensive overview of more than 150 years of statistical publications.
- Bloomfield, G.T. (1984). New Zealand, a handbook of historical statistics. Boston, Mass. : G.K. Hall.
- Briggs, P. (2003). Looking at the numbers: A view of New Zealand's economic history. Wellington: New Zealand Institute of Economic Research.
- Dalziel P. & Lattimore, R. The New Zealand macroeconomy: A briefing on the reforms and their legacy. Auckland: Oxford University Press.
All editions have a useful data appendix with mostly annual data from 1960 onwards. There is some quarterly data from 1980 onwards.
- McKinnon M. (Ed.), (1997). Bateman New Zealand historical atlas = Ko papatuanuku e takoto nei. Auckland: D. Bateman in association with Historical Branch, Department of Internal Affairs.
- Pool, D. Ian. (1991). Te iwi Maori: A New Zealand population, past, present & projected. Auckland: Auckland University Press.
- Thorns, D. C. & Sedgwick, C.P. (1997). Understanding Aotearoa/New Zealand: Historical statistics. Palmerston North: Dunmore Press.
- 1851: first census. Results: Statistics of New Zealand for the Crown Colony period 1840-1852
- 1858, 1861, 1864, 1867. Results: Statistics of the Colony of New Zealand...
- 1858: first Māori general census. Results: Observations on the state of the aboriginal inhabitants of New Zealand
- 1871 onwards: Individual publications. Print volumes are shelved in the General Library, Level M at S2/NZ CEN
1871, 1874, 1878, 1881, then 5 yearly to 1926. 1931 no census because of the Depression, 1936, 1941 census postponed because of war, 1945, 1951, and 5 yearly since 1951.
- 1874-1926 Māori census data published as an appendix to the main census tables.
- 1951 onwards the Māori and non-Māori census was combined.
- 1996, 2001, 2006, 2013 data online at Statistics New Zealand's website.
See also New Zealand history
Statistical data packages
The following data packages are available to the University of Auckland researchers under the CONZUL agreement between Statistics NZ and the NZ Universities.
- Business Demography
- Census of Population and Dwellings
- Disability Statistics
- Household Economic Survey
- Household Labour Force Survey
- International Travel and Migration
- New Zealand Income Survey
- Student debt, income and repayments data package
- Time Use Survey 2009/10 – supplementary tables
- Vital Statistics: Births and Deaths
Confidentialised Unit Record Files (CURFs)
CURFs are unit record data that are modified to protect the confidentiality of respondents while maintaining the integrity of the data. To request CURFs access, please follow the instructions on the Statistics NZ’s CURFs page.
Customised data tables
Statistics NZ can create customised data tables for a fee. Under the CONZUL agreement, our University has a set of allocated prepaid data hours to assist our researchers to request customised data tables from Statistics NZ. The number of prepaid data hours is limited. The maximum number of hours that can be allocated to a single request is 10 hours. For more information, please contact the University of Auckland Contact Officer.
Integrated Data Infrastructure
Statistics New Zealand's Integrated Data Infrastructure (IDI) is a linked longitudinal dataset, which includes economic, education, justice, health and safety, migration, families and households, tenancy, and business data. IDI for researchers provides information on data and metadata held in the IDI.
Please note: IDI data access is not a part of the CONZUL agreement. Researchers need to fund the IDI access. Researchers who wish to access the IDI need to liaise with Statistics NZ directly. For more information on access and pricing please see Statistics NZ's Data Lab page or contact firstname.lastname@example.org.