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Apology for early release of Migration data

Statistics New Zealand apologises for early release of External Migration data: December 2007 year

Statistics New Zealand has apologised for the early release of External Migration data: December 2007 year on 18 February 2008, which was released in error at 10.45am, under embargo, a day ahead of schedule.

Government Statistician Geoff Bascand said the premature release of the latest migration statistics was due to human error.

“Statistics New Zealand sets an absolute priority on timely release of the data we produce. Failure to adhere to our published deadlines is a serious matter, and something we know can cause significant disadvantage to a number of people who rely on the information being made available precisely at the pre-determined time. Fortunately, although regrettable, this is a very rare occurrence."

“We have instigated a review of the reasons behind the premature release and will take steps to ensure this is not repeated,” he said

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