Household Spending on Culture: 1996

This is the third publication resulting from a joint initiative by Statistics New Zealand and the Ministry of Cultural Affairs to improve the quality of statistics on New Zealand’s cultural sector. The first publication, the New Zealand Framework for Cultural Statistics Te Anga Tatauranga Tikanga-ā-iwi o Aotearoa (published in May 1995), laid the groundwork for the development of cultural statistics. It defined cultural activities in New Zealand, categorised them into nine major sections and specified the information required on each activity.

The second publication, New Zealand Cultural Statistics 1995 Ngā Tatauranga Whakapuaki Tuakiri o Aotearoa (published in November 1995), was this country’s first comprehensive presentation of cultural statistics. It used the framework categories to present the most recently available statistics on cultural workers, cultural organisations, cultural goods and services and cultural consumers. It also identified gaps and deficiencies in existing data sources.

This report, Household Spending on Culture 1996 Ngā Whakapaunga Moni ā-Kāinga ki ngā Mahi Whakapuaki Tuakiri, focuses on a segment of this country’s cultural consumption, namely spending by private households on cultural goods and services. The data updates some of the information published in New Zealand Cultural Statistics 1995 Ngā Tatauranga Whakapuaki Tuakiri o Aotearoa, and follows the structure of the New Zealand Framework for Cultural Statistics. The information comes from Statistics New Zealand’s Household Economic Survey for the year ended March 1996.

The statistics in this report provide an insight into the important place that cultural goods and services have in the lives of New Zealanders. However, they provide only a partial picture of New Zealand’s total cultural consumption. Firstly, the figures relate to expenditure on household purchases so they do not include the large number of cultural goods and services in New Zealand which are provided free to the consumer. Secondly, the survey collects data from private households only so the spending estimates do not reflect all cultural expenditure in the country.

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