2023 Census media release – 2023 Census to help shift outcomes for Māori

2023 Census media release

2023 Census to help shift outcomes for Māori

A major focus for the 2023 Census is ensuring it delivers for iwi and Māori, having taken valuable lessons and partners’ feedback on board, Stats NZ said today.

The census collects iwi and Māori data for the whole country, which is used by iwi and government for policy and planning purposes and for future developments. The census is the main source of iwi affiliation data and the only way to understand how many people speak te reo Māori.

“Data collected in the census has the potential to create a real and positive difference for whānau, hapū, and iwi,” said Simon Mason, Deputy Government Statistician and Deputy Chief Executive Census and Collection Operations

“We did not deliver well enough for Māori and iwi in the 2018 Census, including consulting and engaging on how data was collected and how we could have supported Māori to participate.

“Stats NZ is committed to being a responsible Te Tiriti partner. I am confident that the 2023 Census has been designed to address issues of the previous census and produce positive outcomes for Māori.”

Initiatives to strengthen the voice of and for Māori in the 2023 Census have been implemented at the governance and operational levels, as well as through engagement and communications for the 2023 Census.

“The presence of Data Iwi Leaders Group (a mandated sub-group of the Iwi Chairs Forum) on the Census Programme Board, regular advice from external advisors Te Taumata Whakaritenga Māori rōpū, and a dedicated 2023 Census Te Ao Māori team have all provided important input to census decisions,” said Mason.

“We have welcomed the opportunity to work with the Data Iwi Leaders Group and iwi to support the delivery of Te Mana Whakatipu, which will see iwi-led collections for census trialled for the first time in three locations (in Te Tai Tokerau and Tairawhiti, and with Te Whānau ā Apanui)

Additionally, a range of changes have been made to improve the census experience for Māori:

·       Twice as many census engagement staff than in 2018, with more than half being Māori, are working locally with Māori and community organisations and iwi, supporting awareness of and participation in census.

·       A Māori-first design approach for the 2023 Census marketing campaign is ensuring census messaging will reach Māori and priority response groups across the country. The census visual identity has been specifically designed to deliver an inclusive census.

·       It will be easier to take part in the census, with everyone having the choice to complete the census online or on a paper form. It will also be easier to enter iwi affiliation information on the online form, and a new iwi map will make it easier to answer this question.

·       A commitment to supporting the use of te reo Māori has been delivered through a fully bilingual census website, bilingual census forms, and other support (including telephone support) available in te reo Māori.

·       A partnership between Stats NZ and Te Matatini Society Inc is supporting whānau awareness and participation in the census.

Find out more about improving the experience for Māori and what is new in the 2023 Census at www.census.govt.nz/about-the-census/what-is-new-in-2023-census.

Watch the video about the 2023 Census visual identity at www.census.govt.nz/haehae-whakarare.

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Media release – National Iwi Chairs Forum supports the 2023 Census and encourages whānau, hapū and iwi to engage (sent on behalf of NCIF)

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Media Release

4 February 2023

National Iwi Chairs Forum supports the 2023 Census and encourages whānau, hapū and iwi to engage.

At Waitangi this week, our iwi discussed the upcoming 2023 Census and recognise the importance of this kaupapa for our whānau, hapū and iwi.

Given the poor results in 2018, the National Iwi Chairs Forum (NICF) expect a far better result in 2023. But for the census to be able to deliver for iwi and Māori we encourage our whānau to engage, to fill in their forms and respond.

The next census is coming up on Tuesday 7 March 2023.

Dame Rangimarie Glavish, co-chair of Pou Tāngata, notes “by taking part in the census, we help create a better understanding of our contributions to Aotearoa, how we are faring and what tāngata whenua need. We have never been in this position before, where we are able to drive better outcomes for iwi through the census.”

Through the Mana Ōrite Relationship Agreement with Statistics NZ and the Data Iwi Leaders Group (Data ILG), the NICF have engaged in initiatives to strengthen the voice of and for Iwi in the 2023 Census.

A flagship initiative for the 2023 Census is Te Mana Whakatupu, an iwi-led data analytics and collections pilot. Led by Te Kāhui Raraunga, the operating arm of the Data ILG. As part of this, iwi collectives in Te Tai Tokerau and Tairawhiti, and Te Whānau ā Apanui, will collect responses to the census from whānau in their rohe.

“Te Whānau ā Apanui are 100percent supportive and are excited to be collecting our own data, in our own rohe, with our own people” says Willie Te Aho of Te Whānau a Apanui.

Rahui Papa, co-chair of Pou-Tāngata and Chair of Data ILG, says “by collecting rich datasets there will be cultural, social and economic benefits for iwi, such as improving the health and wellbeing of our whānau. It is also a vital source of information for our iwi business and to develop investment plans that will deliver for our people.”

Iwi and Māori data will be made available on Te Whata (www.tewhata.io), the iwi developed and designed data platform.

Living costs increase for all household groups – Stats NZ media and information releases: Household living-costs price indexes: December 2022 quarter

Living costs increase for all household groups – media release

2 February 2023

Increasing prices continued to affect all household groups in the 12 months to December 2022, Stats NZ said today.

The cost of living for the average household (as measured by the household living-costs price indexes) increased by 8.2 percent in the 12 months to December 2022.

Inflation experienced from the December 2021 quarter to the December 2022 quarter:

  • all households was 8.2 percent
  • beneficiary was 6.9 percent
  • Māori was 8.1 percent
  • superannuitant was 7.4 percent
  • highest-spending households was 9.4 percent
  • lowest-spending households was 7.1 percent.

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Median floor area of new homes consented decreases 10 percent – Stats NZ media and information release: Building consents issued: December 2022

Median floor area of new homes consented decreases 10 percent – Media release

2 February 2023

The median floor area of new homes consented in 2022 was 126 square metres, down from 140 square metres in 2021, Stats NZ said today.

“The 10 percent decrease in median floor area can largely be attributed to the increase in the number of multi-unit homes consented over this period,” construction and property statistics manager Michael Heslop said.

Multi-unit homes, which include apartments, townhouses, flats, and retirement village units, tend to be smaller than stand-alone houses.

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Median floor area of new homes consented decreases 10 percent – Stats NZ media and information release: Building consents issued: December 2022

Median floor area of new homes consented decreases 10 percent – Media release

2 February 2023

The median floor area of new homes consented in 2022 was 126 square metres, down from 140 square metres in 2021, Stats NZ said today.

“The 10 percent decrease in median floor area can largely be attributed to the increase in the number of multi-unit homes consented over this period,” construction and property statistics manager Michael Heslop said.

Multi-unit homes, which include apartments, townhouses, flats, and retirement village units, tend to be smaller than stand-alone houses.

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Number of new homes consented drops in North Island, rises in South – Stats NZ media and information release: Building consents issued: December 2022

Number of new homes consented drops in North Island, rises in South – Media release

2 February 2023

In 2022, there were 36,291 homes consented in the North Island, down 2.6% compared with 2021, Stats NZ said today.

There were 13,246 homes consented in the South Island, up 13% over the same period.

“Several North Island regions, including Waikato, Bay of Plenty, and Hawke’s Bay, saw a drop in the number of homes consented in 2022 compared to 2021,” construction and property statistics manager Michael Heslop said.

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Unemployment rate at 3.4 percent – Stats NZ media and information release: Labour market statistics: December 2022 quarter

Unemployment rate at 3.4 percent – Media release

1 February 2023

The seasonally adjusted unemployment rate was 3.4 percent in the December 2022 quarter, compared with 3.3 percent last quarter, Stats NZ said today.

“The unemployment rate, as measured by the Household Labour Force Survey (HLFS), has remained at or near historic lows since the September 2021 quarter,” work and wellbeing statistics senior manager Becky Collett said.

The underutilisation rate — a broader measure of spare labour capacity which includes those unemployed, underemployed, and the potential labour force — rose to 9.4 percent, from 9.0 percent last quarter. The primary contribution to higher underutilisation came from increases in the potential labour force.

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Overseas home buyers’ share remains low – Stats NZ media and information releases: Property transfer statistics: December 2022 quarter

Overseas home buyers’ share remains low – media release

31 January 2023

In the December 2022 quarter, 0.4 percent of home transfers were to people who didn’t hold New Zealand citizenship or a resident visa, Stats NZ said today.

This compares with 0.4 percent in the December 2021 quarter, and 0.5 percent in the September 2022 quarter.

“The share of home transfers to overseas buyers has been 0.6 percent or less each quarter since 2019, after law changes in late 2018 introduced restrictions for most overseas buyers,” construction and property statistics manager Michael Heslop said.

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What you will be asked in the 2023 Census – Stats NZ media release

What you will be asked in the 2023 Census – Media release

30 January 2023

Everyone in Aotearoa New Zealand on Census Day, 7 March 2023, will be asked to answer questions about themselves in the census. As a household there will also be questions about where you live, Stats NZ said today.

“There will be a lot that is familiar in the 2023 Census,” said Simon Mason, Deputy Government Statistician and Deputy Chief Executive Census and Collection Operations.

“The majority of questions are the same as for previous censuses, because one of the benefits of doing a census is to understand what is changing for the country over time.

“Everybody will fill out an Individual Form, or have one filled out on their behalf, for example, if they are an infant. There will also be a few questions about your household and about the dwelling you are living in,” said Simon Mason.

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