Public consultation on replacing the Stats Act with new data and statistics legislation has now closed.

Thanks to everyone who participated.

During the consultation we heard from close to 600 people through formal submissions and our short poll. The next step is to work through what you told us and prepare advice for our Minister.

Formal submissions, and a summary (when available), will be published on the consultation page of

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  • 96% of respondents considered it important that New Zealand has high quality official statistics that can be relied upon (77.8% high importance and 18.2% between medium and high importance).


Here’s a high level snapshot from our short poll:

  • 91.9% of respondents thought it important that government-held data can be safely shared and used for research and analysis to benefit New Zealanders (69.3% high importance and 22.6% between medium and high importance).

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