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Statistics New Zealand—Business Assistance

Thursday 10 April 2008 Hansard source (external site)

Fenton12. DARIEN FENTON (Labour) Link to this
to the Minister of Statistics

What is Statistics New Zealand doing to assist business?

HughesHon DARREN HUGHES (Minister of Statistics) Link to this

Heaps. The successful Go Stats! seminars are shortly starting up again. These are a very popular way of distributing information to business. Statistics New Zealand is sponsoring an information zone at the Small Business Expos, and the Statistics New Zealand stand will show businesses how to use statistics products relevant to them. And last month free, detailed business demography data was released under the initiative to make information freely available. Previously, this information would have cost businesses around $500 for every request, but under this Labour-led Government it is now free.

FentonDarien Fenton Link to this

I thank the Minister for his answer. Has the Budget initiative to make information freely available met the Government’s expectations in regard to business?

HughesHon DARREN HUGHES Link to this

Absolutely it has. The initiative to make information freely available aims to make over a quarter of a billion pieces of statistical information available for free. The value of this initiative in the period to the end of March was in excess of $19 million—money that ordinarily would have been charged to the business community. It represents huge value for New Zealand businesses, community organisations, and individuals.

GuyNathan Guy Link to this

I raise a point of order, Madam Speaker. I cannot see how nearly 30,000 New Zealanders leaving to go to Australia every year actually helps New Zealand businesses.

WilsonMadam SPEAKER Link to this

That is not a point of order. Would the member please be seated.

GuyNathan Guy Link to this

I seek leave to table the external migration figures for the year ended February 2008, showing that—

WilsonMadam SPEAKER Link to this

Leave is sought to table that document. Is there any objection? There is objection.

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