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Welcome to the Stats NZ Innovation website blog.

At Stats, we have all sorts of interesting facts, figures, and insights, but we understand that the real value comes when these are actually used by someone.

We statisticians can be a funny bunch, we understand that the statistics that we produce are used for decisions that can change lives. This makes us serious about maintaining the quality and integrity of our statistics. We are also full of good ideas and want to share them with the world! The innovation website is a great outlet for us to be able to test our new ideas with customers, whether it be experimental data or information presented in a new way without diluting our trusted Stats NZ “brand”.

We want to seek feedback on our ideas from you, our customers. It’s been great to see that the concept is working, and we have received many helpful comments on each of the innovations. The feedback helps us determine whether we are on the right track and should invest in developing an idea further. 

Last week we released some information about Iwi cultural wellbeing from the Te Kupenga survey. Normally we wouldn’t be able to say much about the results at Iwi level, but by using some wizardry called small domain estimation, we were able to say something more than we usually would for Iwi that had a small sample size in Te Kupenga. While we wanted to test the tool that we presented the data with, we got lots of great feedback saying you want more information about Iwi. This feedback will be feeding into our next foray into this area – the development of Iwi reports.

This week, a new addition to the innovation website is our experimental measure of monthly labour market statistics. The series is designed to complement our official labour market series that are produced quarterly. The experimental series is based on tax data, and can potentially be used to give early indications of changes in the labour market.

We are putting the monthly series on the Innovation website, rather than our main one, because this is not an official measure of the labour market. However, we think it has value, and we want you to let us know whether it will be used!

So have a play, test our ideas, and let us know what you think. We welcome your feedback because it helps us to determine what’s next or whether something moves from ‘experimental’ to production, or its value is limited and its time to try something of greater use for our customers.


Ngā mihi nui

Jason Attewell

Senior Manager