Statistics Act 1975

  • This version was replaced on 13 February 2017 to make corrections to sections 5(1), 14(b), 15(2), 20A(2), 21(1), 24(2), 35(1), (1)(a), (4), (4)(a), (6), (6)(a), 37(5), 37A, 37E, 40(b), and 46 under section 25(1)(j)(ii) and (k) of the Legislation Act 2012.

Reprint as at 5 December 2013

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Statistics Act 1975

Public Act
1975 No 1
Date of assent
24 April 1975
24 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.


1Short Title
3Official statistics and co-ordination
4Classes of official statistics
5Necessity to inform Statistician of details of official statistics
6Minister to approve all statistical surveys
7Periodic reviews
9Joint collections
10Meetings of statisticians and users of statistics
11Duty of all collectors and compilers of official statistics
13Office of Government Statistician
14Duties of Government Statistician
15Independence of Government Statistician
16Annual report
17Deputy Government Statisticians
18Appointment of other employees
19Employment of persons for collection of statistics
20Evidence of appointment
20AProof of signature of Statistician and certain other persons
21Declaration of secrecy
22Provisions to apply to census of population and dwellings
23Census of population and dwellings
24Particulars to be collected at census
25Duty of persons to obtain census schedule
26Duty of occupier and other persons abiding in dwelling
27Particulars of persons not abiding in any dwelling
28Provisions to apply to collections made by Statistician
30Delivery of schedules
31Onus to complete schedules
32Furnishing of information required in schedules
33Questions asked by Statistician to be answered
33AWaiver of obligation to answer questions
34Completion of schedules by New Zealand agents of overseas traders carrying on business in New Zealand
35Right of entry
36Test purchases
37Security of information
37AStatistician authorised to disclose certain information
37BDisclosure of information collected jointly
37CDisclosure of individual schedules for bona fide research or statistical purposes
37DDisclosure of historical documents
37DADisclosure of individual schedules for statistical purposes
37ESecurity of recorded information
37FPower of Statistician to release information to New Zealand Meat Producers Board
38Information is privileged
39Failure by enumerator, sub-enumerator, or agent to carry out duties [Repealed]
40Omission to carry out duty, false declaration, unlawful information, and improper divulging of information
41Obstruction of employees of department
42Impersonation of employees of the department
43Neglect or refusal to supply particulars
44False statement
45Mutilation or defacement of schedules
45AOffence to use information for unauthorised purpose or fail to comply with directions
46Other offences
46AEvidence in proceedings for offences
47General penalty
48Time for filing charging document
49Regulations and Orders in Council
50Repeal and revocations
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).