Reprint as at 5 December 2013

Statistics Act 1975

Public Act1975 No 1
Date of assent24 April 1975
Commencement24 April 1975


Changes authorised by subpart 2 of Part 2 of the Legislation Act 2012 have been made in this reprint.

Note 4 at the end of this reprint provides a list of the amendments incorporated.

This Act is administered by Statistics New Zealand.



1 Short Title

2 Interpretation

Part 1
Official statistics

3 Official statistics and co-ordination

4 Classes of official statistics

5 Necessity to inform Statistician of details of official statistics

6 Minister to approve all statistical surveys

7 Periodic reviews

8 Sampling

9 Joint collections

10 Meetings of statisticians and users of statistics

11 Duty of all collectors and compilers of official statistics

Part 2
Department and Government Statistician

12 Department

13 Office of Government Statistician

14 Duties of Government Statistician

15 Independence of Government Statistician

16 Annual report

17 Deputy Government Statisticians

18 Appointment of other employees

19 Employment of persons for collection of statistics

20 Evidence of appointment

20A Proof of signature of Statistician and certain other persons

21 Declaration of secrecy

Part 3
Census of population and dwellings

22 Provisions to apply to census of population and dwellings

23 Census of population and dwellings

24 Particulars to be collected at census

25 Duty of persons to obtain census schedule

26 Duty of occupier and other persons abiding in dwelling

27 Particulars of persons not abiding in any dwelling

Part 4
Collection of statistics by the department

28 Provisions to apply to collections made by Statistician

29 Forms

30 Delivery of schedules

31 Onus to complete schedules

32 Furnishing of information required in schedules

33 Questions asked by Statistician to be answered

33A Waiver of obligation to answer questions

34 Completion of schedules by New Zealand agents of overseas traders carrying on business in New Zealand

35 Right of entry

36 Test purchases

37 Security of information

37A Statistician authorised to disclose certain information

37B Disclosure of information collected jointly

37C Disclosure of individual schedules for bona fide research or statistical purposes

37D Disclosure of historical documents

37DA Disclosure of individual schedules for statistical purposes

37E Security of recorded information

37F Power of Statistician to release information to New Zealand Meat Producers Board

38 Information is privileged

Part 5
Offences and penalties

39 Failure by enumerator, sub-enumerator, or agent to carry out duties [Repealed]

40 Omission to carry out duty, false declaration, unlawful information, and improper divulging of information

41 Obstruction of employees of department

42 Impersonation of employees of the department

43 Neglect or refusal to supply particulars

44 False statement

45 Mutilation or defacement of schedules

45A Offence to use information for unauthorised purpose or fail to comply with directions

46 Other offences

46A Evidence in proceedings for offences

47 General penalty

Part 6
Miscellaneous provisions

48 Time for filing charging document

49 Regulations and Orders in Council

50 Repeal and revocations

Regulations revoked

Reprint notes

An Act to consolidate and amend the Statistics Act 1955; and to make provision for official statistics; for a department having the name Statistics New Zealand and the office of Government Statistician; and for the independence of the Statistician in the execution of his duties

  • Title: amended, on 15 December 1994, by section 2(1) of the Statistics Amendment Act 1994 (1994 No 159).