New Zealand statistics to be released in November 2014

You can expect to see the following statistics released by Statistics New Zealand in the month of November 2014. You can find this table on the StatsNZ Release Calendar.
4 Nov 14

2013 Census QuickStats about families and households

5 Nov 14

Civil Unions and Marriages: September 2014 quarter (provisional) – tables

5 Nov 14

Labour Cost Index (Salary and Wage Rates): September 2014 quarter – M

5 Nov 14

Quarterly Employment Survey: September 2014 quarter – M

5 Nov 14

Household Labour Force Survey: September 2014 quarter – M

11 Nov 14

Electronic Card Transactions: October 2014 – M

12 Nov 14

Accommodation Survey: September 2014

12 Nov 14

National population estimates: At 30 September 2014 – tables

13 Nov 14

Māori Population Estimates: At 30 June 2014 – tables

13 Nov 14

Food Price Index: October 2014

17 Nov 14

Retail Trade Survey: September 2014 quarter – M

19 Nov 14

Subnational population estimates: At 30 June 2014 – tables (final)

19 Nov 14

Births and deaths: Year ended September 2014 – tables

20 Nov 14

Producers Price Index: September 2014 quarter – M

20 Nov 14

Capital Goods Price Index: September 2014 quarter – M

20 Nov 14

Farm Expenses Price Index: September 2014 quarter – tables

21 Nov 14

National Accounts (Income and Expenditure): Year ended March 2014

21 Nov 14

National Accounts (Industry Benchmarks): Year ended March 2012

24 Nov 14

International Travel and Migration: October 2014 – M

25 Nov 14

Serious injury outcome indicators for 2000–13 – reports

26 Nov 14

Linked employer-employee data: September 2013 quarter – tables

26 Nov 14

International Visitor Arrivals to New Zealand: October 2014 – report

27 Nov 14

Linked employer-employee data: March 2013 year – tables

27 Nov 14

Household Economic Survey (Income): Year ended June 2014

27 Nov 14

Overseas Merchandise Trade: October 2014 – M

28 Nov 14

New Zealand business demography statistics: 2014 – tables

28 Nov 14

National Population Projections: 2014(base)–2068

28 Nov 14

Building Consents Issued: October 2014 – M

M =  There will be a media conference.

Bookmarks for October 28, 2014

NASA Posts a Huge Library of Space Sounds, And You’re Free To Use Them – Create Digital Music
Space is the place. Again. And SoundCloud is now a place you can find sounds from the US government space agency, NASA. In addition to the requisite vocal clips (“Houston, we’ve had a problem” and…

The Unsafety Net: How Social Media Turned Against Women – Atlantic Mobile
Under the banner of free speech, companies like Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube have been host to rape videos and revenge porn—which makes female users feel anything but free.

My next adventure: AJ+ | Digidave
Before I go into the why, let’s not bury the lede. I am joining AJ+ as an Executive Producer. Specifically, I’ll be focusing on the app, engagement and social.

The shame of poor teeth in a rich world – Sarah Smarsh – Aeon
If you have a mouthful of teeth shaped by a childhood in poverty, don’t go knocking on the door of American privilege

Video: time-lapse of braces straightening teeth – Boing Boing
(via The Kid Should See This)

The Banksy of Donetsk Documents His Torture
When Sergey Zakharov first put up art installations and graffiti satirizing pro-Russian fighters in his native Donetsk he expected a backlash, but he didn’t expect to spend the next six weeks being tortured….

The Accidental Revelations of Sanborn Maps – CityLab
How maps created for fire insurers show the evolution of cities.

Cubic Rubber Bands by Nendo | Colossal
Earlier this year Tokyo and Milan-based design firm Nendo (previously) accepted the challenge of redesigning the rubber band, one of the most common desktop items that seems so ubiquitous that it’s disposable.

Magpie — OpenNews: Announcing our 2015 Knight-Mozilla Fellows!
Meet the 2015 Knight-Mozilla Fellows.

Magpie — Someone has made fake London Underground signs, and whoever did it is a ruddy genius.
via Tumblr

Cycling Activists Build Bamboo Car Skeletons to Demonstrate Space Taken by Single Occupancy Cars | Colossal
A few Latvian activists from a branch of the bicycle advocacy group Let’s Bike it recently created a visual reminder of the space taken by cars on a typical road. To accomplish this, the group fabricated bamboo skeletons shaped like actual cars and mounted them on their bikes. The act

Why our environmental obsession with plastic bags makes no sense – Vox
They’re way less harmful for the environment than what we put inside them.

You Call This Thai Food? Robotic Taster Will Be The Judge |
A boxy contraption scans food samples to produce a chemical signature, which it measures against a standard deemed to be that of authentic Thai food


What’s happening in New Zealand’s Parliament this week: 28 Oct 2014

New Zealand’s Parliament is sitting again this week (Tuesday – Thursday) and will try to make progress on:

  • the Address in Reply debate
  • the Employment Relations Amendment Bill
  • the Accounting Infrastructure Reform Bill
  • some Maiden Speeches from new members of Parliament on Tuesday and Wednesday afternoons

You’ll likely see some of what happens in the House on news sites and TV. But there’s a lot more you can see for yourself:

Watch Parliament live on or on TV at  Freeview 22, Igloo 25, Sky 90, Vodafone 90 (2pm-6pm and 7.30pm-10pm)
See what happened on and watch video highlights on
Read what happened last time the House was sitting in the Journals of the House
Read a transcript of debates in the Hansard
Find Order Papers, advice on How to Read an Order Paper and subscribe to email alerts on the website
Find Bills on is particularly helpful for a quick read on what’s happening on a given day:

RSS Parliament Today Feed

  • Questions For Oral Answer – October 30 October 29, 2014
    QUESTIONS TO MINISTERS 1. ALASTAIR SCOTT to the Minister of Finance: What reports has he received on the economy, particularly on the direction of interest rates and inflation? 2. PHIL TWYFORD to the Minister for Social Housing: How many families with children have been subsidised through the Accommodation Supplement over the last six years to […]
  • House Rises October 29, 2014
    The House rose just before 6pm after passing legislation concerning accountancy regulation. The third reading of the Accounting Infrastructure Reform Bill divided into four bills was passed on a voice vote. The House will sit again next Tuesday. ** is a breaking news source for New Zealand parliamentary business featuring broadcast daily news reports […]
  • Questions and Answers – October 30 October 29, 2014
    QUESTIONS TO MINISTERS Economy—Interest Rates and Inflation 1. ALASTAIR SCOTT (National—Wairarapa) to the Minister of Finance: What reports has he received on the economy, particularly on the direction of interest rates and inflation? Hon BILL ENGLISH (Minister of Finance): This morning the Reserve Bank Governor conducted his regular review of the official cash rate, which […]

Below is the Order Paper (a kind of rolling agenda) for Wednesday 29 October 2014.

Order Paper for Tuesday October 28, 2014:



Hats off: a whole week with only one tab open at a time

Love it. Some people at Fast Company had a go at using only one browser tab at a time – for a whole week.

The premise behind this challenge is that multitasking rarely works–yes, we can walk and talk at the same time, but when we’re quickly shifting between email, filling out spreadsheets, and checking our Twitter, all we’re actually doing is juggling tasks, and this just kills our focus and makes work take longer.

The outcome?

Sometimes it makes more sense to focus on one task (and however many tabs you need open to do that one task) rather than rigidly sticking to the one-tab rule. Because this:

Open Twitter.  Think "crap, I need the story link."  Close Twitter, open article page.  Copy link.  Close article, open Twitter.

But all in all, single-tasking can be very productive and rewarding:

“It was SO refreshing to have just one thing to do…I was actually having creative ideas (something that usually doesn’t happen in the middle of the work day). It made me realize I need to take more opportunities to single-task.”

In my experience, single-tasking and actually getting something done before the end of the day gave me this exhilarating feeling of accomplishment.

The post is worth a read.

It includes this video of Gina Trapani explaining why multi-tasking doesn’t work for work.


The ‘evils of multi-tasking’ is something of a theme for New Zealand agile coach Sandy Mamoli who has been tackling some new ways of working with TradeMe’s Tech department. She is a fan of using Personal KanBan and Portfolio Kanban to help people focus on the task at hand and finish it before moving on to the next.

When we introduced Scrum and Kanban to our teams the most loved addition to our way of working were visual workspaces.

We found it tremendously helpful to make our tasks visible though post-it notes, to visualise our workflow and to make sure that we didn’t do too many things at the same time. With the visual task wall, the so-called team Kanban board, everyone knew how close we were to our goals, what still needed to be done and who was working on which task.

But as not everyone works on only one project – some people work across several project teams, others work predominantly by themselves – we started to think about how we could transfer the benefits of the shared visual board to our individual todo lists and people’s personal workflows.

This, in combination with our newfound love for the agile idea to finish one task before starting a new one, led us to create personal Kanban boards.

Note: I multi-tasked while writing this post. It just sort of happened. Must try harder.