Statistics Amendment Act 2013

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Statistics Amendment Act 2013

Public Act2013 No 134
Date of assent4 December 2013
Commencementsee section 2

The Parliament of New Zealand enacts as follows:

1 Title
  • This Act is the Statistics Amendment Act 2013.

2 Commencement
  • This Act comes into force on the day after the date on which it receives the Royal assent.

3 Principal Act
4 New section 33A inserted (Waiver of obligation to answer questions)
  • After section 33, insert:

    33A Waiver of obligation to answer questions
    • (1) This section applies to the collection of statistics by the statistician under this Part or under an agreement made by the statistician under section 9.

      (2) The statistician may waive the application of all or any of sections 31, 32, and 33 to the collection of particular statistics if satisfied that—

      • (a) special circumstances of sensitivity apply to some of the questions asked and it is inappropriate to compel answers to those particular questions; and

      • (b) the information is being collected to enable the production of official statistics of any or all of the kinds described in section 4(a), (b), (d), and (i); and

      • (c) the statistical validity of the information being collected will not be unduly compromised.

      (3) To avoid doubt, if the statistician has granted a waiver under subsection (2) in relation to any question, any person who would otherwise be required to answer the question does not commit an offence against section 43 if the person declines to answer the question.

Legislative history

19 November 2013Divided from Statutes Amendment Bill (Bill 89–2) by committee of the whole House, third reading
4 December 2013Royal assent

This Act is administered by Statistics New Zealand.