Friday, 2 December 2011

New Zealand Official Yearbook

Statistics New Zealand has decided to stop producing a printed version of the New Zealand Official Yearbook.

A press release from Statistics New Zealand states that "Research shows that the way people search for information has changed dramatically. Increasingly, people expect to find the most up-to-date data online, meaning that providing a book with static data is no longer in tune with their needs. As a result, we have seen a significant reduction in sales of the Yearbook in recent years and consider that the costs now outweigh the benefits of producing a printed version."

Statistics New Zealand will be looking at ways of making the kind of information previously found in the Yearbook available online, but note that an online Yearbook may not be an exact replication of the printed version. They plan to consult widely during our investigations and welcome any suggestions on how to make Yearbook data and information available in a way that best meets its readers' needs. If you have any feedback please email

The Institute of Commonwealth Studies Library holds a full run of the print Official Yearbooks, first published in 1892. These remain an important historical record and a quick reference source for historical statistics throughout New Zealand's history.

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