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New iwi standard needs feedback – media release

Stats NZ is seeking comment on an updated iwi statistical standard. Feedback is open from 6 April to 4 May 2017.

“Stats NZ is holding hui and inviting public submissions about the iwi standard,” Stats NZ kaihautu Rhonda Paku said.

See iwi statistical standard: draft April 2017 to read the updated standard.

See iwi statistical standard consultation – feedback submission form to provide feedback.

The standard guides how to collect, organise, and describe iwi information, and is used to produce iwi statistics. Iwi, government, and other organisations use the statistics in planning, monitoring, and decision-making.

“The standard was updated after a carefully considered process, which included public consultation in 2016,” Ms Paku said.

“We believe the changes to the standard will help us better reflect contemporary needs for and about Māori. We’d like to hear more about what people think.

“The iwi standard has wide interest, especially from our Māori and Treaty partners, and it is critical to New Zealand’s data system,” Ms Paku said.

The updated standard will guide groups wanting to be added to the iwi classification, which Stats NZ will use in the 2018 Census.

Once feedback about the updated standard is considered and incorporated, Stats NZ will aim to finalise the standard in August 2017.

Stats NZ will establish a governance panel to uphold the standard, to ensure good stewardship of the classification, and to provide advice to the Government Statistician.

The governance panel will determine which groups requesting an update to the iwi standard classification will be included.

“We hope the changes will mean more data becomes available for and about iwi and iwi-related groups,” Ms Paku said.

Request an update to the iwi classification

Stats NZ wants to know if groups are missing from the iwi classification. Groups will be invited to complete a form, which asks for information based on the new conditions for inclusion.

Groups can apply any time for inclusion in Stats NZ’s iwi classification list.

Email to request inclusion in the classification.


For media enquiries contact: Marina Skinner, 021 792260, 

Authorised by Liz MacPherson, Government Statistician, 6 April 2017

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