21 Jul 2017
Is balancing the sex of their children important to New Zealand parents? Evidence from recent birth data looks at whether New Zealand parents have preferences for sons or daughters, and whether the sex of previous children affects family size.
Are parents of two or three children of the same sex more likely than other couples to have an additional child, and do they do so in order to have at...
27 Jun 2017
Improving New Zealand disability data outlines Stats NZ’s plans to publish new data about disabled people. The paper provides information about the way in which the new data has been produced and why it is needed. Understanding this will help to ensure that the data is interpreted correctly and used effectively.
An increasing need for information about disabled people is driven by the...
28 Feb 2017
Effect of motherhood on pay – methodology and full results presents the methodology and analysis we used in our investigation of a ‘motherhood penalty’ in New Zealand. It is intended for those interested in the technical details behind the findings we present in Effect of motherhood on pay – summary of results.
22 Dec 2016
This article looks at the main activity of people who were not in the labour force in the September 2016 quarter, using information from the Household Labour Force Survey (HLFS). Information about their main activity was updated in the redeveloped HLFS questionnaire.
11 Jul 2016
Review of the NZ crime and safety survey and other statistical information about the social impact of crime: 2016 sets out the results of a review by a four-person team at Statistics NZ. We completed the review at the request of the Ministry of Justice.
This report makes four action recommendations which, if implemented, would help the justice sector develop an analytical framework...
9 Jun 2016
This paper explores the changes in tenure patterns (home ownership and renting) between 1986 and 2013, but focuses particularly on changes within the Māori and Pacific populations. We also look briefly at tenure patterns for earlier years in order to show the contrasting patterns in home ownership for Māori and the rest of the population. We explore whether the differing age structure of the...
Two’s a crowd: Living alone in New Zealand explores the socio-economic characteristics and social well-being of New Zealanders who live alone, using data from the 1986–2013 Censuses and 2014 New Zealand General Social Survey (NZGSS).
In 2013, 11 percent of New Zealand’s population, or 355,000 people, lived alone.
Age, marital status, income, household tenure, and ethnicity are the key...
19 Apr 2016
Identifying stepfamilies in longitudinal data describes how we developed a methodological process for identifying stepfamilies in longitudinal data through an analysis of family transitions. We used a large-scale, representative sample of New Zealanders to validate the methodological process, and to provide prevalence estimates of people living in stepfamilies in New Zealand.
18 Apr 2016
This literature review presents an analysis of contemporary Māori social organisation – within the framework of traditional Mäori groupings. Māori culture and society is organised around the principles of kinship as reflected through the whanau, hapū, and iwi groupings. Although hapū are generally understood to be smaller kinship groups within iwi, the boundaries between these concepts are not...
The Student Loan Scheme Annual Report has been tabled in Parliament each year since 2001 and provides public accountability information to government and New Zealanders to show that the scheme is achieving its primary objective – ensuring that tertiary education is financially attainable to all New Zealanders. Each report provides information on the loan scheme and its performance, as well as...