Legislative review
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Legislative review

Let me tell you about the Statistics Act. It sets out the law for official statistics
and it enables Stats New Zealand to provide access to data for research and analysis in
carefully controlled situations. But the Act is now over 40 years old. It was designed in the early 1970s when we
did most things on paper, desktop computers were only just becoming a thing, and mobile
phones were a bit like bricks. The Act has done well though, but it’s definitely
aging. Without change it could inhibit the value
of data. We need new data and statistics legislation
that better reflects the world we live in today, and that can adapt to future changes. That’s what my team is working on. At the end of 2018, we asked New Zealanders
what they thought, and we heard back from close to 600 people. Those views will help to work out what the
new law should say. We heard that the new law will need to ensure
data is collected, managed, shared, and analysed in ways that are safe, transparent, and fair. That the new law will have to support the
modern production of statistics to help New Zealand measure what matters, and to support
the use of data and statistics for decision-making, innovation, and better outcomes. We also heard that it will need to enable
government, iwi and Māori, business, NGOs, communities, all of us, to benefit from the
trusted use of data through research and analysis. At this stage, the earliest new data and statistics
legislation could be in place is the second half of 2020. There will be more opportunities to comment,
particularly during the Select Committee process. Or you can send us an email anytime. Thank you. Ka kite anō.

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