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The tantalising idea of an annual census dataset

A recent review of the administrative data (i.e. data from other government sources) used in New Zealand’s 2018 census has confirmed its value and revealed its potential. Penny takes a closer look at the strengths and weaknesses of...

What does the 2018 Census tell us about New Zealand?

Any Census is a mighty undertaking that provides invaluable data for community planning and development. The 2018 New Zealand Census was no exception. In this blog, Penny pulls out some highlights from our new...

Final external report on 2018 NZ Census looks to future Censuses

The third and final report from the external committee investigating the 2018 census was released recently. As we continue rolling out Census data in our Community Profiles, Penny Bloomberg takes a look at this...

Confused about NZ Population (ERP) figures?

If you’ve recently been looking at the population (ERP) for your Territorial Authority, you may have noticed some strange patterns in the charts. In this piece, Penny explains why. At this point in the rollout...

Data quality in the 2018 census: Comparability problems

The 2018 Census has been unique in many ways. Issues with under-counts resulted in the deployment of new methods to source and validate data. One of the core approaches was the use of administrative records to...

Ageing on hold in New Zealand?

Despite the limited amount of data released from the 2018 Census thus far, interesting stories are starting to emerge. In this piece, Penny explores a slowdown in ageing across the population: the role...

First data from the 2018 NZ Census: Growth is the story

Today, Stats NZ has released the first round of data from the 2018 Census. In this piece, we share some highlights from the first release and explain how we’ll be updating our Community Profiles as data...

A profile of Ashburton, New Zealand

We’ve recently welcomed New Zealand’s Ashburton District to our list of local councils who make their community profiles available to the general public. In this post, Penny digs a little deeper into the...

NZ Census Update: September 2019 for the first release

Following yesterday’s announcement from Stats NZ, Penny Bloomberg updates us on the latest plan for releasing data from the 2018 New Zealand Census.

What’s happening with the New Zealand 2018 Census results?

We’re continuing to receive questions from our friends in local government about the New Zealand Census – what happened, when is it being released, and what do the changes mean for me? Penny Bloomberg gives you...

It’s 2019! Is Census data outdated?
By Andrew Hedge / 08 Jan, 2019

About this time each Census cycle we sometimes get the question ‘Isn’t the data from the last Census a bit outdated?’. In this piece, we discuss why – in Census terms – 2016 isn’t long ago (and why that’s...

Crystal ball gazing – predictions for the 2018 New Zealand Census results

Last week Penny and I attended the SOLGM conference ( New Zealand Society of Local Government Managers), where I presented my 12 predictions for the results we expect to see after the New Zealand Census data...

New Zealand’s Census

The recent Census of Population and Dwellings in New Zealand was an interesting reflection of changing societal attitudes and technologies. As most Kiwis successfully completed their Census forms online,...

National migration series | Part 3: The link between departures and arrivals

In the last blog in our series on national migration, we discussed inward migration and confirmed that the total arrivals figure is currently high, but that the components making up that result point to lower...

National migration series | Part 2: Understanding incoming migrants

In part two of our National migration series, we begin to explore the nuances of inbound migration, to help you understand how the mix of inbound migration affects how migration is likely to affect the future...

National migration series | Part 1: Trend or no trend?

Planners know that migration is a powerful influence on future population – an influence much stronger than natural increase (births and deaths).

Are fewer New Zealanders moving across the ditch? Trends of Kiwis in Australia

The 2016 Census has already provided a lot of insight as to how Australia has changed in the five years since 2011. As a business operating in both Australia and New Zealand, we are interested in the...

Measuring generosity in communities

Gisborne is a place known for its sunshine hours and great surf beaches. However I have a different memory of the town after a recent visit. It was raining and I was umbrella-less so consigned to getting wet on...

Perspectives on New Zealand’s proposed Urban Development Authority

What do London, Melbourne, Sydney and Toronto have in common? Dense and expensive housing. Following the footsteps of these big cities we have a love/hate relationship with, the New Zealand Government recently...

Planning for the inequal and uncertain challenges of change at a local level

A recent paper published by Local Government New Zealand (LGNZ) summarised the key challenges facing planners in the next 30 to 50 years, but how can we adequately prepare for these challenges at a local level?...

New forecasts reveal the future of Hutt City

After recently completing our first ever population and households forecasts for Hutt City 2013-2043, we are releasing a blog series to cover several new forecasts in New Zealand.

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