Statistics New Zealand has decided to stop producing a printed version of the New Zealand Official Yearbook.
This decision was not taken lightly and is due to a number of reasons. Research shows that the way people search for information has changed dramatically. Increasingly, people expect to find the most up-to-date data online, meaning that providing a book with static data is no longer in tune with their needs. As a result, we have seen a significant reduction in sales of the yearbooks in recent years and consider that the costs now outweigh the benefits of producing a printed version.
In 2012, we will look at ways of making the kind of information previously found in yearbooks available online. It is important to note, however, that an online yearbook may not be an exact replication of the printed version. We plan to consult widely during our investigations and welcome any suggestions on how to make yearbook data and information available in a way that best meets its readers' needs.
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Limited copies are still available of the New Zealand Official Yearbook 2010, the last of the printed editions to be published in hard copy. It is on sale at selected bookshops around New Zealand and retails for $99.99.
Digital yearbooks now online
We are happy to advise that all of the yearbooks from 1893 to 2008 have been digitised. You can view these on the Digital yearbook collection page.