Complete set at Central Government Publications 3T5ws N; latest edition is also on Library Reserve. Each library will have recent copies.
Source: Statistics NZ
Bateman New Zealand Historical Atlas: ko papatuanuku e takoto nei - Central Library Atlases G 2796 .S1 B3 1997; copies also at Maori Resources, Hocken, Robertson and Science Libraries
Te Ara: the encyclopedia of New Zealand - comprehensive guide to New Zealand, its natural environment, history, culture, economics and government
Guide to New Zealand official statistics - Central Library Main HA 3184 .NA 74 1955; also at Hocken Reference
New Zealand, a handbook of historical statistics 1984 GT Bloomfield - Central Library Main HA 3184 .BM71; also at Hocken Collections
Statistical publications 1840-1980 - Central Library Main HA 3184 .ZN52 1980; also at Hocken Collections. Brief history of official NZ statistics, plus subject lists of statistical series with title changes of publications in chronological order.
Understanding Aotearoa/New Zealand: historical statistics D Thorns (ed.) 1997 - Central Library Main HA 3184 .TG528; also at Hocken
Series of statistical publications are shelved at Central Library Government Publications; often online now:
New Zealand Government records for births, deaths and marriages. The historic data is limited to protect people who might still be alive. Information available includes:
Treat time series tabulations with caution. Some have been compiled without adequate recognition of changing definitions or notes to explain how the series were derived. Retrospective tabulations in the Yearbooks are prone to this problem.
The introduction of new methods and publications in the mid 1920s means that retrospective tables from the present are rarely possible beyond 1926. In the sesquicentennial 1990 NZ Official Yearbook a special effort was made to produce tables with historically compatible time series.
Statistical methods can change to improve accuracy, but such changes have a drawback in the loss of ccomparability e.g. compilation of the Consumer Price Index was altered radically in 1974.
Statistics have been collected officially in New Zealand since it became a Crown Colony in 1840. During the Crown Colony period the Colonial Secretary was responsible for compilation. From 1853 to 1910 it was the duty of the Registrar-General; from 1910 onwards the Government Statistician.
Statistical information from New Zealand’s early Colonial period (1840-1855), was handwritten and based on the magistrates counting people in each settlement.
1840-1847 and 1853-1855: annual Blue Books for the colony of New Zealand
1848-1852: statistics for the Province of New Ulster
1849-1852: statistics for the Province of New Munster
The original 1851 Blue Book is held at the National Archives in Wellington. Check the exhibition or view the Blue Books online.
1921: Statistics of New Zealand was succeeded by a series of annual subject reports, e.g. Population and buildings and Trade and shipping. The series continues with changes of name, frequency, and sub-divisions.
Data Archive contains previously published statistics on business, health, industry, people and communities, migration, work, income and spending.
1982-: series collected by the Department of Statistics are available via Infoshare
1990's-: Statistics New Zealand website provides access to many statistics
1858-: Appendix to the Journals of the House of Representatives - Central Govt Pubns 3OC5 - early volumes included statistical data in annual reports, e.g. Police (G6)
1858-1930: Online AtoJs - digitisation project is growing
NZ Parliament - Questions for written answer can provide a helpful source of statistical data
Government agencies, other than Statistics New Zealand (formerly Dept. of Statistics), publish statistics e.g. the Ministry of Health and the Ministry of Agriculture and Fisheries.
Individual books may include statistics e.g. Geoff Rice's Black November: the 1918 influenza epidemic in New Zealand 1988, has detailed statistics not all available in published official sources.
There are also one-off official statistical publications e.g. Profile of women: a statistical comparison of females and males in New Zealand 1945-1984 - Central Books HQ1865.6.PY63, and separate titles published in the New Zealand now series.