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NZ Statistics: Introduction

Find statistical information and data from historic to current, using databases, online data sources and publications

Where to start looking ...

This guide offers links to key print and online statistical sources.

Do you need :

  • historical or current statistics
  • long term series of statistics
  • census information
  • tools that help you visualise statistics
  • maps & atlases
  • NZ statistics compared with International

Check out the guide tabs.

Consult your Subject Librarian for help with locating and using statistics.

What's New?

NZ General Social Survey 2014 data - on our country's well being


Census 2013 CURFs available - individual and household data


The General Social Survey (GSS) 2014 will be released May/June 2015; GSS 2015 is expected April 2016. Such CURF data is now free!


Mashblock - stats on every block; see what real estate agents know about your block!


StatsMapsvisualise our society, economy and environment through maps


Integrated Data Infrastructure - remote access to longitudinal datasets


New Zealand in Profile 2014 - overview of our people, economy & environment


Census 2013 release of information


DataInfo+ - search/browse for information about statistical activities and data


Data Archive Collections - tap into datasets from 1970+


Wiki New Zealand - non-profit organisation making data about NZ accessible for everyone - search by keyword, filters or tags


Greater access to Microdata:

Parliament has recently amended sections of the Statistics Act 1975 to provide wider access to Statistics NZ microdata (unit record files of individuals and businesses). Anyone who has a statistical or bone fide research proposal can now apply for access to microdata.

Enquire at or phone 04 931 4178, or visit access our microdata.


Welcome to the New Zealand Statistics Subject Guide.

Find relevant statistical resources for your research.

Researchers in the humanities, social sciences, commerce, health sciences and sciences will want to explore this guide. 


Statistics New Zealand

Go to Statistics New Zealand homepage. Free search for official New Zealand statistics on the Census, Business, Education, Agriculture,
Households, Industry and much more.

Phone 0508 525 525 for Mon-Fri Help Desk support.


Subscribe to product or topic based RSS feeds


Statistics for your research

Access to various types and levels of data for your research include: 

  • Customised data
  • Aggregate data
  • Microdata
  • SURFs - for research teaching
  • CURFs

Contact Statistics NZ HelpDesk on 0508 525 525 or your Contact Officer, Thelma Fisher on 03 479 9020,

Official statistics

Check government departments and crown entities for official statistics.

Statisphere - New Zealand's new official statistics portal, links to Statistics NZ and other agencies, under development

Statistical publications

Government publications are kept on the Central Library first floor area behind the Journals Collection.

Check the Library Catalogue as some titles are also housed in the Hocken Collections, or other branches. Since 2000 many former titles in print are now available, or continue online.

Try a Subject search using 'statistics' as a subject keyword:
      tourism arrival new zealand statistics
      education new zealand statistics
      transport new zealand statistics

Alternatively use an Advanced Keyword search. Enter the topic keywords, as well as the word 'statistics' as a Subject heading.

Subject Librarian

Thelma Fisher
Central Library
Contact Officer for Statistics NZ
Email for an appointment


Standard classification guides

To enable international comparisons to be made, industrial, occupational and trade statistics are now organised by classification schedules based on those prepared by the United Nations.

A guide to New Zealand standard statistical classifications 1991 - Central Library HA 3184 .NH33

New Zealand standard classification of occupations - Central Library HB 2782.5 .NH33

Australian and New Zealand standard industrial classification: NZ version 2006. Classifies all economic activity from manufacturing to public administration - Central Library HC 662 .AX646 2006

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