New Zealand’s Official Statistics System is defined by the Statistics Act 1975. Official statistics are defined in that Act as 'all statistics produced by government departments from statistical surveys or administrative or registration records, whether published or not'.
The Ministry’s national environmental reporting programme is an integral part of the Official Statistics System because it generates a variety of national-scale environmental statistics. It must therefore adhere to the principles of the system, which include relevance, integrity, quality, coherence and accessibility.
The Ministry’s national environmental reporting programme complies with the Official Statistics System’s principles and protocols as follows:
Last updated: February 2009