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2006 New Zealand Official Yearbook Launched

25 October 2006

2006 New Zealand Official Yearbook Launched

Statistics New Zealand is pleased to announce the publication of the 105th edition of the New Zealand Official Yearbook. Believed to be New Zealand's longest-running publication, the 2006 yearbook will be launched this evening by His Excellency The Honourable Anand Satyanand, Govenor-General of New Zealand, at Government House, Wellington. The Honourable Clayton Cosgrove, Minister of Statistics, will also be speaking at this event.

Steeped in history, the first yearbook was published in 1893. The New Zealand Official Yearbook traces its origins to the Official Handbook of New Zealand, which was produced by Sir Julius Vogel in 1875 as a promotional publication to encourage investment in New Zealand.

The 2006 yearbook documents government, business and social developments that have occurred in New Zealand since publication of the 2004 edition. It continues the tabular and graphic time series of previous yearbooks and features material from more than 140 contributors. The book also has approximately 170 photographs depicting aspects of life in New Zealand.

A feature of this edition is a focus on New Zealand's place in the world and how New Zealand measures up statistically against other OECD countries.

Government Statistician Brian Pink paid tribute to the work of contributors to the 2006 yearbook, who represent a broad range of public and private sector groups: "The book exists due to the time and efforts of these people, who willingly provide information for this important statistical publication".

The New Zealand Official Yearbook 2006 is produced by Statistics New Zealand and published by David Bateman Ltd. It is available from major booksellers for RRP $99.99.

Brian Pink

Government Statistician


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