This webpage provides links to digitised copies of 19th-century statistical publications.
Viewing and using the publications
Choose a publication from the list below and press Ctrl+F to search within it using keywords. Our website’s main search box will not search within these files.
You can copy and paste tables into Excel.
Statistical publications, 1841–56
Statistics NZ does not have a complete record from this period except for the digitised resources below.
Statistics of New Munster, 1841–48
Statistics of Nelson 1843–54
Statistics of New Plymouth 1853–56
The University of Auckland has digitised statistical material from an earlier period than the publications listed above. You can find this data on their website, at Statistics of New Zealand for the Crown Colony Period, 1840-1852.
Statistics of New Zealand, 1860–67
From 1860 to 1867, the Statistics of New Zealand reported on population, vital statistics, migration, shipping, external trade, post-office statistics, livestock, crops, government finances, and justice and crime statistics.
1861 (including the results of a census of the colony taken that year)
1864 (including the results of a census of the colony taken that year)
1867 (including the results of a census of the colony taken that year)
Observations on the state of the aboriginal inhabitants of New Zealand (1859)
Results of the first Māori census. A report by Francis Dart Fenton.
Observations on the state of the aboriginal inhabitants of New Zealand
Official Handbook, 1875–92
Forerunner of the New Zealand Official Yearbook. The handbooks provide a comprehensive statistical picture of life in New Zealand.
Yearbook collection: 1893–2010
Since 1893, the New Zealand Official Yearbook has provided a comprehensive statistical picture of life in New Zealand. Many of these yearbooks have now been digitised. They can be viewed on the Yearbook collection: 1893–2010 page.
Statistical publications 1840–2000
A comprehensive overview of more than 150 years of statistical publications is available on the Statistics NZ website. This resource is available at Statistical Publications 1840–2000.
We would love to receive your feedback about this digitised collection. Call us toll-free on 0508 525 525 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Our digitised publications use web technology to enhance their searchability and usability.
Although we tested samples of the data, we cannot guarantee all information in these digitised versions is accurate. Note that we created them by rekeying information from microfiche copies of the original.
Historical issues may contain language or views that reflect the time in which they were written and may be considered inappropriate or offensive today.
Published 21 August 2013
Page updated 18 October 2013