Kia ora tātou.

At Statistics New Zealand we strive to put customers at the heart of what we do, and to do this we need to better understand your needs. With that in mind we have created this innovation website as a test bed for people to look at our ideas, to play with them, and to tell us how they can be improved to offer more valuable insights.

We want you to tell us what you want from Statistics NZ information, so we can enable you to unleash the power of data to change lives and to make better decisions for New Zealanders.

We want to learn by doing, and are focusing more on an outside-in approach. This innovation website is part of a conversation we are having with customers.

While being more open with data, your privacy is important to us. At Statistics NZ we are committed to keeping your information completely secure and confidential. We recognise the value of data and want to make sure that the data we collect benefits everyone, and is used to inform good decision-making by government, business, and all New Zealanders.

The innovation website currently has three prototype initiatives but we will be adding new initiatives and ideas to it during the coming months.

The Social Investment Insights tool shows geographic areas with children at greatest risk of falling between the cracks. It shows the areas of greatest concern for children aged up to 14 years, so government spending can be targeted at the right places, for the right people.

Statistics NZ and the Treasury developed this tool in partnership, to make the complex data behind the Government’s social investment goals more easily accessible and available for all New Zealanders. This was made possible through the Integrated Data Infrastructure (IDI).

We are committed to making our data open by default. For example, our prototype Datafinder opens up data down to a neighbourhood level (or meshblock) for the geospatial community.

The Indicators Dashboard shows key information at a glance through a number of indicators, ranging from how many building consents were issued each month in the last decade, to the unemployment rate.

I hope you enjoy testing out these new prototypes and please let us know what you think of them and how we can make the information we have more useful to your needs.

Ngā mihi nui,

Liz MacPherson

Government Statistician and Chief Executive