Stats NZ (Statistics New Zealand) collects data about New Zealand’s environment, economy and society. The information helps government, local councils, Māori, businesses, communities, researchers and the public to measure, and make decisions about such things as: where we need roads, schools and hospitals, environmental progress, our quality of life, how families are doing, where to locate a business, and what products to sell.
The Statistics New Zealand Data Archive is a central repository for all the important statistical datasets and associated documentation, metadata and publications that Statistics New Zealand produces. It also acts as a safe repository for datasets produced by other government agencies and government funded statistical studies.
The key difference between the Statistics New Zealand Data Archive and other digital archives is that it contains primarily statistical data at unit record level. The unit record data is archived when it is no longer in regular use by its producer.