14 Duties of Government Statistician

The duties of the Statistician shall be:

(a)

to make such reports to the Minister as are required by this Act, which reports shall have regard to the needs of user departments; and, where consultations have been held, shall include the results of such consultations:

(b)

to advise the Minister on statistical policy matters and, where appropriate, to confer with appropriate officers of other government departments to that end:

(c)

to keep the Minister informed of the statistical projects of all government departments, and to provide, where appropriate after consultation with an appropriate officer of any other government department concerned, any explanation required of the Statistician by the Minister of the purpose, scheme, methodology, and usefulness of any existing or proposed official statistical project:

(d)

to collect, with the written approval of the Minister, information concerning any or all of the matters specified in section 4:

(e)

to compile, analyse, abstract, and publish, with or without comments, official statistics:

(f)

to advise other government departments on the conception of statistical projects initiated or carried on by them, and to promote the observance of approved statistical standards by those government departments:

(g)

to consult with appropriate officers of other government departments on the need for, and the scope, procedure, and form of any existing or proposed statistical survey being or to be carried out by the departments; and to make a report to the Minister on the necessity for and the scope of any such survey and the government department or departments to be responsible for the survey:

(h)

to make, after consultation with an appropriate officer of any other government department concerned, a report to the Minister on the need for the continuance or discontinuance or the variation of any current collections of official statistics:

(i)

to define, lay down, and promote standard concepts, procedures, definitions, and classifications for use in official statistics:

(j)

to make or construct such estimates, forecasts, projections, and statistical models as the Statistician may from time to time consider necessary:

(k)

to take the census of population and dwellings of New Zealand as provided for in Part 3:

(l)

to examine and comment, where the Statistician considers necessary, on the interpretation and validity of any published unofficial statistics; and to publish any such statistics and comment thereon as the Statistician considers necessary:

(m)

to carry out such investigations, do all such things, and provide such certificates, as may be required of him by any other Act:

(n)

to supply, where the Statistician considers appropriate, specifications of the methods, procedures, and definitions used in the collection and preparation of the official statistics he produces, subject to section 37.

Compare: 1955 No 45 ss 3, 4(2)

Section 14(d): amended, on 5 November 1982, by section 5 of the Statistics Amendment Act 1982 (1982 No 38).