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Q3 Data leadership dashboard - March 2019

Stats NZ's quarterly data dashboard profiles key deliverables and how they contribute to the relevant visions of success:

  • innovation
  • data-driven decisions
  • valuable data.

The dashboard also documents the number of data-related engagements within and outside of government for each quarter and captures the number of international connections that have occurred.

Dashboard - March 2019 quarter [PDF 1.32 MB]

Vision of success

Innovation: Share data and release open data to drive innovation

Open datasets released on

March 2019 quarter – 169
March 2018 quarter – 60

Total open datasets as at 31 March 2019: 6,558

Data-driven decisions: Capability is built to ensure data is used smarter to meet priorities

Approved/in progress research project applications (opportunities to put New Zealand’s data to good use):

March 2019 quarter – 28
March 2018 quarter – 28

Valuable data: Engaging to ensure data is managed like a strategic asset to maximise its value

Supporting government and organisations to manage and use data

Total engagements: 72 (Government: 40, other organisations: 32)

Includes multiple interactions on different pieces of work. 


Stats NZ worked with MBIE to produce the Characteristics of independent contractors in the screen industry report – data on the number and earnings of screen industry contractors and wage and salary earners.

Produced using Linked Employer-Employee Data (LEED) from 2007 to 2015, the data was used to inform the Regulatory Impact Assessment on a collective bargaining framework for film production workers in New Zealand.

This work demonstrates how LEED can be used to understand the dynamics and complexities of jobs within various industries, and how it can add value through data-driven decisions.

Characteristics of independent contractors in the screen industry


Advisory Group on Trusted Data Use

Contributes to: Innovation

An Advisory Group on Trusted Data Use is being convened by the Government Chief Data Steward (GCDS) to help maximise the opportunities and benefits from new and emerging uses of data, while managing potential risk.

Reporting to the GCDS, this independent group will enable agencies to test ideas, policy, and proposals related to new and emerging uses of data.

Following an expression of interest process, members are expected to be appointed in June 2019. The Group’s function and membership will be reviewed after 12 months.

Government Chief Data Steward (GCDS)
Advisory Group on Trusted Data Use

Cultural indicators

Contributes to: Innovation, Data-driven decisions, Valuable data

An agreed list of cultural indicators measuring how New Zealanders access and participate in our cultural sector has been delivered to the Ministry for Culture and Heritage (MCH).

We partnered with MCH to gain a greater understanding of who’s accessing government-funded cultural activities, and who’s missing out. The indicators will also form the basis for reporting on cultural access and participation.

As the basis for ministerial reporting, the indicators were based on stocktakes of New Zealand’s Crown-funded cultural agencies. The indicators also looked at innovative ways agencies are removing barriers to cultural access.

Videos de-mystify data work

Contributes to: Innovation, Data-driven decisions, Valuable data

We’ve produced a series of short, easy to watch videos to explain the role of data and raise awareness of the different activities we’re working on.

Introduced by GCDS Liz MacPherson, the people leading the work talk about what they’re doing, and who they’re we’re partnering with.

Video series: leading New Zealand's data

UN Statistical Commission

Contributes to: Innovation

Government Statistician Liz MacPherson and General Manager Rachael Milicich represented New Zealand at the UN Statistical Commission – the highest standard-setting body for official statistics – in New York in March.

Highlights of the 6-day meeting included introducing the Friends of the Chair report prepared by a number of countries and led by New Zealand on the implementation of ‘Fundamental Principles on Official Statistics’ (adopted by the UN General Assembly in 2014).

A working group on open data was also introduced by the Statistical Commission to support better access to official statistics and continue the collaboration between the international statistical and open data communities.


Pacific Programme

Stats NZ has a long-standing commitment to assist Pacific nations to develop their statistical capability. We’ve delivered a range of products and services over the last decade to help increase sustainability through the New Zealand government’s Pacific Development Programme.

Three Pacific Island statisticians – from Fiji, Samoa and Tonga – were hosted by Stats NZ for 5 weeks in Q3, as part of our Pacific annual attachment programme.

The programme enables participants to tap into our expertise, insights and expertise to expand their knowledge as they work on projects for their National Statistics Offices (NSOs).

We also funded a sampling workshop in New Caledonia for 18 statisticians from 8 Pacific nations to help expand their survey sampling design knowledge. Sampling is identifying which people – the sample – to collect survey data from.

We worked with the World Bank, the Australian Bureau of Statistics, and the Secretariat of the Pacific Community to develop and deliver the workshop, which enabled participants to develop sampling frameworks that were customised to reflect the needs of their countries. 

International connections

Total connections in March 2019 quarter: 27

  • Australia: 10
  • Pacific: 6
  • UK: 2
  • US – Washington: 1
  • US – New York: 1
  • Republic of Korea: 1
  • Canada: 1
  • Uruguay: 1
  • Estonia: 1
  • Israel: 1
  • Mexico: 1
  • Portugal: 1 


September 2018 quarter:

  • Stocktake of government algorithms completed
  • Data Summit’18 completed
  • Public consultation on legislation completed
  • Algorithm report released

Data Summit'19 - it's a wrap
Towards new data and statistics legislation: consultation
Algorithm assessment report

December 2018 quarter:

  • Data Strategy and Roadmap published
  • Refreshed launched

Data Strategy and Roadmap 

March 2019 quarter:

  • Advisory Group on Trusted Data Use – EOI process underway
  • Agreed cultural indicators delivered

Advisory Group on Trusted Data Use

June 2019 quarter

  • Data stewardship toolkit – first guidance available
  • Data and Statistics Capability Framework rolled-out

Previous dashboards

Stats NZ's quarterly data leadership dashboards