Census figures to be freely available

From later this month Statistics New Zealand will make all Census information freely available on the web as part of the government's move towards making more services available online.

From later this month Statistics New Zealand will make all Census information freely available on the web as part of the government's move towards making more services available online.

Statistics minister Laila Harre says the move should save "universities, councils, businesses and communities tens of thousands of dollars" in access fees currently charged by Statistics New Zealand.

Stats NZ will allow people to access the data using a tool called Census Table Builder, which will help users draw down information they want and tabulate it appropriately. The app will have access to 300 databases and can reach back to the 1991 and 1996 census results.

Stats NZ will receive $617,000 over the next four years to fund the access, $455,000 of which will be allocated in this year’s budget.

Stats NZ had charged users a subscription fee for access to the information ranging from $3300 up to $25,000 depending on the level of information required. Current subscriptions expire this month, so there won't be an overlap with the new system.

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