9 February 2010

Business Toolbox

Business Toolbox is a new free online tool that provides quick and easy access to a range of statistics. Business Toolbox uses 2006 Census data and other business statistics.

While the tool was designed with businesses in mind, it will also be useful to a range of groups including business advisors, industry organisations, universities, libraries, media, central and local government, and community organisations.

Business Toolbox contains two tools:

  • Market Mapper – users can visually pinpoint target markets using 2006 Census data (income, household composition, and family type, for example)
  • Industry Profiler – provides details on industry performance over time, staff turnover, and survival of similar-sized businesses. 

Statistics New Zealand can arrange for the Outreach team to demonstrate the tool and its uses at your place of work. For further information please contact Graeme Simpson on 04 931 4066 or via email

Interactive Boundary Maps

Use Statistics NZ's new Interactive Boundary Maps, drawn from the 2006 Census, to locate an area or address, and then discover some facts about it.

You can quickly retrieve simple information about specific areas using the maps. Check out your own region, your town or city, your suburb, even your own small neighbourhood (a meshblock).

Use either a street view or an aerial view to choose the boundaries of the area you're interested in. Then collect some quick figures and facts about it, such as:

  • number of households in the area
  • number of people and their median age
  • median personal income (available at regional or town level, not at meshblock level).

 Official Statistics Forum 2010

New speakers announced!

The organising committee of the Official Statistics Forum has announced further speakers and panellists for the 24–25 March 2010 event.

  • Hon Bill English, Minister of Finance, has been confirmed as keynote speaker, along with the previously announced Australian Productivity Commission Chair, Gary Banks AO. 
  • The event will be opened by Hon Maurice Williamson, Minister of Statistics.
  • The MC for the event will be broadcaster Simon Morton from Radio New Zealand.

The following individuals and the chief executives of four government agencies have all confirmed as panellists.

  • Prof Sir Peter Gluckman, Chief Science Advisor to the Prime Minister.
  • Dr Alan Bollard, Governor of the Reserve Bank of New Zealand.
  • Felix Ritchie of the UK Office of National Statistics.
  • Dennis Trewin AO, former Australian Statistician.

The forum, which is held every 4–5 years, is an opportunity for the users and producers of official statistics to meet to share their knowledge and experience of the Official Statistics System and the wealth of information it represents.

Click here for more information and to register. Note the early bird price of $375 ends on 26 February 2010.