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19 May 2022
Business price indexes: March 2022 quarter
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Employment indicators: Weekly as at 16 May 2022
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20 May 2022
Overseas merchandise trade: April 2022
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24 May 2022
Retail trade survey: March 2022 quarter
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25 May 2022
Local authority financial statistics: Year ended June 2021 – rescheduled from 18 May 2022
View recent local authority financial statistics releases


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Māori population estimates: Mean year ended 31 December 2021 – Stats NZ information release

Māori population estimates: Mean year ended 31 December 2021 – Information release

17 May 2022

Estimates of the Māori ethnic population of New Zealand by age and sex.

Key facts

This release contains the provisional estimate of the national Māori ethnic population for the mean year ended 31 December 2021, and includes an update to the provisional estimate for the mean year ended 31 December 2020.

The mean year ended population is the average population over the year, based on the estimated population at the end of each quarter.

For mean year ended December 2021:

  • The Māori ethnic population grew by 20,100 (2.4 percent annual increase compared with the mean year ended December 2020).
  • New Zealand’s estimated Māori ethnic population was 875,000.
  • There were 439,200 Māori females and 435,800 Māori males.

During the December 2021 year:

  • Natural increase (births minus deaths) was 13,900. The balance of Māori population gain is made up of net migration and net inter-ethnic mobility (those changing their ethnic identification to include Māori, minus those no longer including Māori in their ethnic identification).

Estimates are only available at the national level.

Visit our website to read this information release: Māori population estimates: Mean year ended 31 December 2021

Births and deaths: Year ended March 2022 – Stats NZ information release

Births and deaths: Year ended March 2022 – Information release

16 May 2022

Births and deaths releases provide statistics on the number of births and deaths of people resident in New Zealand that are registered during a given period, along with selected fertility and mortality rates. They may differ from statistics presented elsewhere that relate to all births and deaths registered in New Zealand or to births and deaths occurring during a given period.

Key facts

In the year ended March 2022, compared with the year ended March 2021:

  • there were 60,141 live births registered, up from 57,105
  • there were 35,394 deaths registered, up from 32,910 (but only slightly up from March 2020, when there were 34,518 deaths)
  • the total fertility rate was 1.68 births per woman, up from 1.60
  • the infant mortality rate was 4.19 deaths per 1,000 live births, up from 4.15.

Visit our website to read this information release: Births and deaths: Year ended March 2022

National population estimates: At 31 March 2022 – Stats NZ information release

National population estimates: At 31 March 2022 – Information release

16 May 2022

National population estimates give the best measure between census dates of the population that usually lives in an area, by age and sex, for the total New Zealand area.

Key facts

At 31 March 2022:

  • New Zealand’s estimated resident population was provisionally 5,127,100
  • there were 2,544,700 males and 2,582,400 females
  • the median age of males and females was 37 and 39 years respectively.

During the year ended March 2022:

  • New Zealand’s population grew by 19,200 (0.38 percent)
  • estimated natural increase (births minus deaths) was 26,400
  • estimated net migration (migrant arrivals minus migrant departures) was -7300.

Note: Māori population estimates: Mean year ended 31 December 2021will now be published on Tuesday, 17 May 2022.

Visit our website to read this information release: National population estimates: At 31 March 2022

Employment indicators: Weekly as at 9 May 2022 – Stats NZ information release

Employment indicators: Weekly as at 9 May 2022 – Information release

12 May 2022

The experimental weekly series provides an early indicator of employment and labour market changes in a more timely manner than the monthly employment indicators series.

Key facts

The 6-day series includes jobs with a pay period equal to or less than 7 days, while the 20-day series covers jobs with pay periods of 14 days or fewer. The 34-day series includes all jobs regardless of their pay period.

The 34-day series indicated that for the latest week, the week ended 3 April 2022:

  • the number of paid jobs (compared with the previous week) were:
    • 2,339,140 total paid jobs (up 16,280 or 0.70 percent)
    • 105,180 paid jobs in primary industries (up 500 or 0.48 percent)
    • 448,410 paid jobs in goods-producing industries (up 4,440 or 1.00 percent)
    • 1,725,270 paid jobs in services industries (up 9,380 or 0.55 percent)
    • 60,290 paid jobs in unclassified industries (up 1,970 or 3.38 percent)
  • the median income (compared with the previous week) was:
    • $1,152.58 (up $8.08 or 0.71 percent).

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Rental price indexes: April 2022 – Stats NZ information release

Rental price indexes: April 2022 – Information release

12 May 2022

The rental price indexes measure the changes in prices that households pay for housing rentals.

Key facts

Monthly change

In April 2022 compared with March 2022:

  • the index for the stock measure of rental property prices rose 0.5 percent
  • the index for the flow measure of rental property prices rose 0.8 percent.

Annual change

In April 2022 compared with April 2021:

  • the index for the stock measure of rental property prices increased 3.9 percent
  • the index for the flow measure of rental property prices increased 6.9 percent.

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International travel lifts as border restrictions ease – Stats NZ media and information release: International travel: March 2022

International travel lifts as border restrictions ease – Media release

12 May 2022

The number of people crossing New Zealand’s border increased in March 2022 as border restrictions were relaxed, Stats NZ said today.

There were 126,200 border crossings in March 2022, made up of 66,100 arrivals and 60,100 departures. In February 2022, there were 41,000 border crossings made up of 16,300 arrivals and 24,600 departures.

“From late February 2022, the New Zealand Government started opening its border in stages, including for New Zealand citizens coming back from anywhere in the world,” population indicators manager Tehseen Islam said. “This has seen the number of people crossing the border lift compared with previous months.”

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Annual net migration loss of 7,300 – Stats NZ media and information release: International migration: March 2022

Annual net migration loss of 7,300 – Media release

12 May 2022

The provisional net loss of 7,300 people in the year ended March 2022 was the lowest net migration for a March year since 2012, Stats NZ said today.

The net loss of 7,300 follows a provisional net loss of 1,700 in the March 2021 year, and a record net gain of 91,700 in the March 2020 year.

“COVID-19 related travel and border restrictions, introduced in March 2020, disrupted travel and migration patterns. Migrant arrivals have dropped to levels seen in the mid-1980s and migrant departures have dropped to levels seen in the mid-1990s,” population indicators manager Tehseen Islam said.

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Annual food price increase remains high at 6.4 percent – Stats NZ media and information release: Food price index: April 2022

Annual food price increase remains high at 6.4 percent – Media release

12 May 2022

Food price inflation remained high in April 2022 following a 10-year high last month, Stats NZ said today.

Food prices were 6.4 percent higher in April 2022 compared with April 2021. This was due to rises across all the broad food categories we measure:

  • grocery food prices increased 6.4 percent
  • restaurant meals and ready-to-eat food prices increased 5.3 percent
  • fruit and vegetable prices increased 9.4 percent
  • meat, poultry, and fish prices increased 8.1 percent
  • non-alcoholic beverage prices increased 2.8 percent.

Grocery food was the largest contributor to this movement, mainly due to increases in the price of cheddar cheese, milk, and eggs.

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Ready-mixed concrete: March 2022 quarter – Stats NZ information release

Ready-mixed concrete: March 2022 quarter – Information release

11 May 2022

Ready-mixed concrete statistics provide an indicator of construction activity.

Key facts

  • In the March 2022 quarter, the actual volume of ready-mixed concrete produced was 1.12 million cubic metres, up 5.5 percent compared with the March 2021 quarter.
  • In the year ended March 2022, 4.58 million cubic metres of ready-mixed concrete was produced, up 10.4 percent compared with the year ended March 2021.
  • In seasonally adjusted terms, the volume of ready-mixed concrete fell 2.8 percent in the March 2022 quarter, following a 30 percent rise in the December 2021 quarter.

Visit our website to read this information release: Ready-mixed concrete: March 2022 quarter