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Local government

Statistics about local government include the financial performance statistics of local authorities.

Information releases

Explore our latest local government statistics.

Government Finance Statistics (Local Government) 
We discontinued this release in 2016 and replaced it with Government Finance Statistics (General Government)

Government Finance Statistics (General Government)
An economic analysis of local, central, and general government financial activity in New Zealand, based on concepts and principles developed by the International Monetary Fund.

Local Authority Financial Statistics 
Annual accounting-based income, expenditure, and financial position information for each local authority in New Zealand.

Local Authority Statistics 
Quarterly estimates of the accounting-based income and expenditure for current operations of New Zealand's local authorities, at a national level. Unlike the Local Authority Financial Statistics release, this release does not include any income and expenditure estimates for non-operating and capital transactions. It also does not include any estimates or analysis for individual local authorities. Published as tables only as of the release of the September 2013 quarterly data.


Analyse the numbers.

Select the following categories from the Infoshare homepage for time-series data.
Subject category: Government finance
Group: Local authority statistics – LAS

Subject category: Government finance
Group: Government financial statistics – GFS

Subject category: Government finance
Group: Local authority financial statistics  LAF

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Reports and articles

Explore information we've gathered from research and analysis.

Changes to government finance statistics releases (published 2016)
Statistics NZ is introducing a new general government information release compiled under the Government Finance Statistics (GFS) framework on 5 December 2016.

Differences between Government Finance Statistics (Local Government) and Local Authority Financial Statistics explains these differences.

Introducing government finance statistics (published 2011)
Explains government finance statistics and their relevance.

Review of the statistical needs of local government (published 2001)
Reviews the statistical needs of the local government sector – how well they are currently being met, and how best to improve current services and fund any priority needs that are not met.

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