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What are social statistics?

Social statistics tell a story about aspects of people’s lives and their well-being.

Social statistics are produced from two kinds of data: administrative data and survey data.

Administrative data records people’s contact with public bodies and institutions, such as a stay in hospital or the award of an educational qualification.

Survey data is created when people complete questionnaires, either themselves or by speaking to an interviewer.

What are New Zealand social indicators?

The New Zealand social indicators give you the most useful social statistics from across New Zealand government in one place, so it's easier to find the information you're looking for. 

What information will I find in New Zealand social indicators?

On the New Zealand social indicators pages, you'll find the most recent statistics we have about key social topics. You'll also find the information you'll need to understand the statistics, and links to where you can get more information and other relevant statistics.

We've grouped the statistics into 10 broad topics, or domains – such as education, health, and the labour market. The domains are listed in the ribbon at the top of each page.

Each domain is broken down into more specific measures, or indicators. Each indicator has its own page, which includes graphs, downloadable Excel tables, and information about the data.

What will I find on specific indicator pages?

The indicator pages have the most recent data, an explanation of why the indicator is important, and information on how it's measured.

The indicator statistics are presented in graphs. Where possible, we've used interactive graphs. With these graphs, you can see exact values by hovering over data points, and hide or show variables by clicking the legend text.

You can experiment with the employment rate graph below.

On the right side of each indicator page is a downloadable Excel file. These contain tables of the data we used to create the graphs. The tables allow you access to the data directly, so you can analyse and present it in different ways. The tables often include more information than what is presented in the graphs.

Below the graphs, you'll find a section with information about how the statistics are produced. Information that tells you about the data is called metadata. The metadata tells you when the data was published, by what organisation, how often, and what you need to know before you use the data. At the bottom of each indicator page, you will find the following metadata.

Date published Tells you when the data was last updated.
Next update Tells you when the data is expected to be next updated.

Update schedule

Tells you how frequently the updates are produced. For example, annually or quarterly.

Specific classification used

Some indicators use a specific classification to group a set of related categories in a meaningful, systematic, and standard format. This section lists such classifications.

Geographic coverage

Tells you what level of geographic area the indicator covers. Most indicators are national level coverage.

Demographic information available?

Tells you if there are measureable population groups the data is broken down into. For example, sex and age group.

Internationally recognised measure?

Tells you whether this measure is used internationally.

Source

Tells you the exact source of the data. This includes the name of the organisation that produces the data as well as the survey or administrative dataset that the data is taken from.

Purpose of the survey or data

Tells you why this data was collected.

Data quality

Tells you what methodology was used to analyse the data and provides links to any technical or data quality information that is available.

At the bottom of each page there are links to the source data for that indicator and also for other relevant statistics and data sources.

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