Public Consultation on new data and statistics legislation
Let’s just say “Stay Beautiful 1975”. The rest of us need to move on. We need data and statistics legislation for a modern world. What do you think?
For more than 40 years, the Statistics Act 1975 has governed the operation of New Zealand’s official statistics system and supported data use for research and analysis.
The Act has helped ensure that high quality statistics are produced across government, independently of political and external interference, so that New Zealanders can have trust and confidence in the statistics and use them to inform decisions.
The Act has also enabled New Zealand to lead the world in using integrated data to support decision making through research and analysis. The Act has helped keep data safe.
But the Statistics Act is out of date. It was designed in the 1970s when data moved around, and statistics were mostly produced, on paper. The technology we use today would have seemed like science fiction. The data environment, information needs and the opportunities to use data and statistics have changed significantly. And will keep changing.
Although the birth and growth of the cassette began in the 1960s, its cultural moment took place during the 1970s and 1980s.
…complicates and restricts the ability to acquire, integrate and share data in a modern data environment.
…does not provide sufficient foundation to ensure a coherent and co-ordinated approach to the production of statistics.
…does not provide sufficient tools for Stats NZ to influence the quality of data that informs the production of official statistics.
…is not appropriately transparent about the use of data for research and analysis.
New Zealanders roller-skated since the mid-1860s. In the 1970s, when polyurethane wheels were created, disco music roller rinks were all the rage.
In 1975, the Toyota Corolla was the biggest selling car in the world.
This is what modern technology looked like when the Stats Act was written.
Half a dozen regular eggs would set you back 80c and an average 3 bedroom house $24,300. But the average weekly pay packet would have $95 in it.
Free range eggs are now about $5 a half dozen and the 2018 average house price is $670k (blink and it might change). Your pay packet? The average has about $950 in it each week.
Life was simple – we only had three musical choices – radio, vinyl record or tape. Digital music was under development, but analogue was king.
Can’t keep up with live streaming, down loading, pod casting, online or offline?
The wireless is still with us and there’s a resurgence of vinyl... RIP analogue? Not quite yet.
Its creators couldn’t have foreseen the huge changes in data use and management, or the technology that still drives change today.
While the legislation still serves its purpose, it needs replacing. We need legislation for a modern world. What do you think?
Motorola created the first mobile phone in 1973. It weighed a whopping 1.1kg! Just as well talk-time was only 30 minutes before it needed a 10 hour re-charge.
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