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Kiwi's to Get Easier Access to Valuable Statistics

26 October 2005

Statisphere Launch: October 2005 — New Zealanders to Get Easier Access to Valuable Statistics

From today, all New Zealanders will be able to access a wide range of official statistics from a single web portal: www.statisphere.govt.nz. The Statisphere portal was launched in Wellington yesterday at the Key Statistics Conference, by the Hon David Caygill, chair of the Advisory Committee on Official Statistics.

The website enables ready access to a range of official statistics that assist users with their research, planning and decision making. Designed as a whole-of-government website, Statisphere will continue to grow in the coming months as data and information is added.

The site is intended to have broad appeal. Whether the information is sought by an environmental research analyst looking into recreational water sports, a social commentator wanting to access the Ministry of Social Development's Social Report or a student who wants data on migration for a school project, Statisphere is the gateway to the appropriate official statistics. It also provides a calendar of release dates for all Tier 1 official statistics and offers information on statistical education programmes and upcoming seminars.


Government Statistician Brian Pink said that Statisphere is one of a series of initiatives currently being undertaken to improve the accessibility of official statistics. “The portal will allow all New Zealanders easy access to official statistics that provide a window on New Zealand's economic, social and environmental activities," he said. Statisphere can be accessed at www.statisphere.govt.nz.

Brian Pink

Government Statistician

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