Here’s one busting out of its shell at Auckland Zoo. Hatching looks like hard work.
What’s not to love about Statistics New Zealand? Here are a few things they do that I like:
1. Publish under a Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 New Zealand copyright license (so we are free to use and share content as long as we say where it came from). This is great: a publicly funded organisation which collects information about New Zealanders is sharing that information freely with New Zealanders.
2. Offer emails that let you know when statistics are going to be released and the key points of each release when it happens. Sign up for these here.
3. Often win Writemark Plain English awards — which means they make a real effort to write in an accessible way.
4. Have a whole lot of historical data online:
19th-century statistical publications Nineteenth-century statistical publications held in Statistics NZ library
Census: 1871–1916 Census of Population and Dwellings reports and results from 1871 to 1916
Yearbook collection: 1893–2010 The New Zealand Official Yearbook from 1893 to 2010
5. Do some nice infographics. An early one celebrates 120 years of women’s suffrage in New Zealand (September 19, 2013) and was created in partnership with the Ministry of Women’s Affairs. It points out, among other things, that the average number of children a woman had in 1893 was 5, in 1953 it was 4, and in 2013 it’s 2.
The graphic also lists notable firsts for women holding Government positions. Among them now is Liz MacPherson, who in 2013 become New Zealand’s first woman Government Statistician.
Some catch-up reading on on mobile and tablet use in New Zealand.
Mobile devices now account for more than a third of TVNZ’s Ondemand service video streams | StopPress
Mobile devices now account for more than a third of TVNZ’s Ondemand service video streams and are a key part of the growth in video views. More than four million videos were watched using the service last month, an increase of 82 percent on the same month last year.
Over a third of Kiwis could own a tablet this year: Ericsson | StopPress
The [research] panel’s top uses for tablets were internet browsing at 66 percent, emailing at 58 percent and games at 53 percent. For smartphones, they were voice and SMS, internet browsing, using mobile apps, instant messaging and watching videos. “When asked about time of tablet use, most New Zealanders use their tablet at home in the evening, followed by while watching TV and in bed before sleeping,” says Chiastien. “Holiday usage is next on the list. Tablets are also commonly used as a time-killer as more than 36 percent use their tablets while waiting for something.”
Google’s 2013 ‘Our Mobile Planet’ research
A few out-takes from the research (which polled 1,000 New Zealanders aged 18-64 who identified themselves as using a smartphone to use the internet).
- 54% search on smartphone each day
- 27 apps installed on average (8 paid)
- 69% watch video (17% at least once a day)
- 74% have researched a product or service on their phone
- 33% have purchased using smartphone (53% of those in the past month)
- 88% of smartphone users notice mobile ads
But there are still barriers to mobile transactions, including size of screen, slowness, security concerns and difficulty comparing products and prices.
Colin Miskelly has posted on Te Papa’s blog about his and his colleagues’ efforts to see how many Australian pelicans remain in New Zealand after an unusual influx of the birds in 2011 and 2012.
He provides a narrative of why the birds came here (changing conditions in Australia’s inland lakes), where they settled (most on the Wairoa river between Dargaville and Ruawai), and how many they spotted from the air on a recent Cessna recce (10).
I was surprised to read that a few had been shot.
First came reports that up to four pelicans had been shot on the Wairoa River south of Dargaville (just before the maximum count [of 18] was reported). Then one was found freshly shot near Meremere on the Waikato River on 21 May 2013.
May is duck-hunting season, but pelicans don’t exactly walk like ducks or quack like ducks so it’s hard to imagine they’d be confused for ducks. Certainly, pelicans are not specified on the ‘Game That May be Hunted or Killed‘ list (although pukeko and black swans are).
Anyway, it’s a lovely post and I’m a bit envious of Colin’s job (at least the flying-around-looking-for birds part). And I get to post a photo of Lanky, New Zealand’s only captive Australian pelican, who’s been holed up at Wellington Zoo since 1978. He’s a beauty.
Pelicans can travel as far as Indonesia, New Guinea and Fiji, and can have wing spans of up to 2.5m.
Pelicans are sociable animals, they often swim and feed in flocks of 2000 or more
Pelicans are the Jumbo Jets of the birds. This huge bird has to build up speed by running over the water while flapping its wings. It similarly needs a “runway” when it lands.
The Australian pelican is said to own the longest beak of any bird in the world
The Register of Pecuniary Interests lists the financial assets (such as houses, farms and superannuation schemes) and debts (such as mortgages and loans) of New Zealand’s Members of Parliament. It’s updated each year.
It feels slightly prurient (albeit fascinating) reading the Register but it’s a necessary tool that allows we, the people, to satisfy ourselves whether our representatives could have any conflicts of interest or financial bias.
This map shows the tribal boundaries of New Zealand’s Māori Iwi (tribes).
You might also want to check out:
Māori Maps | Interactive map of marae
Map of New Zealand’s Māori iwi in 1869 | evolvingnewsroom.nz
Directory of iwi and Māori organisations | Te Puna Kokiri
Iwi statistics | statistics.govt.nz (Census 2013)
How to Add Macrons to Māori Words | evolvingnewsroom.nz
Kupu o te Rā | Te Reo word of the day email
100 Māori words all New Zealanders should know | nzhistory.net.nz (includes audio)
Learn Te Reo | a list of courses compiled by Mana Magazine
A collection of Maori Whakataukī, or proverbs | maori.org.nz
The sweetness of the kumara | The meaning of whakataukī | RadioNZ
History of the Māori language | nzhistory.net.nz
Te Taura Whiri i Te Reo Māori | Māori Language Commission
The Māori Language: Selected Events 1800-2010 | parliament.nz
I found my Dad’s apprenticeship papers from 1942. He started a five-year Cabinetmaking and Machining apprenticeship on 15 shillings (less than one pound) a week and would have ended it on 67 shillings (over three pounds).
I tried to use the RBNZ inflation calculator to see what the equivalent wages would be in today’s money but unfortunately it wouldn’t throw back past 1961. So I looked at what 1 pound would buy in 1942 (about $85.66 worth of stuff in today’s money) and what 3 pounds would buy in 1947 (about $200.68 worth now).
I don’t understand the apprenticeship system in New Zealand today, but a good place to start researching might be this Step by Step Guide to Becoming a New Zealand Apprentice.
A 1-shilling coin in 1940 looked like this one, which was for sale on eBay ‘Buy Now’ for US$ 49.99.
The shilling would have been made of .500 silver. In 1947 the coins began being cast in cupro-nickel instead.
New Zealand switched to decimal currency in 1967. Some people will remember the TV ad from that year.
The Reserve Bank Museum is terrific for this kind of history (if you’re into that sort of thing).
Statistics New Zealand has released some provisional National Population Estimates. Here are some key points.
Rapid growth in the 65+ age group
The number of people aged 65+ has more than doubled since the early 1980s to reach 635,200. The population aged 65+ now makes up 14 percent of the total population, compared with 10 percent in 1980, and will continue to grow over the next two decades. Latest national population projections (median projection) indicate that the number is likely to double again by 2040.
Population growth remains below one percent
In the June 2013 year, the estimated resident population grew by 37,700 (0.9 percent) to reach 4,470,800. This follows an increase of 27,900 (0.6 percent) in the year to June 2012. Population growth in the year to June 2013 was due to a natural increase (more births than deaths) of 29,800 and a net international migration gain of 7,900.
Median age continues to rise
At 30 June 2013, half of New Zealand’s population was over 37.1 years, compared with 32.0 years in June 1993. New Zealand’s population is ageing, due to sustained low fertility and increasing life expectancy. Latest national population projections (median projection) indicate that by 2031 the median age of the New Zealand population could reach 39.9 years.
Growing numbers of people in the older age groups
The age structure of New Zealand’s population has changed considerably over the last two decades. At 30 June 2013:
- Children (aged 0–14 years) accounted for 20 percent (890,900) of the population, down from 23 percent in 1993.
- The younger working-age population (aged 15–39 years) remained the largest group, accounting for 34 percent (1,505,000) of the population, down from 39 percent in 1993.
- The older working-age population (aged 40–64 years) made up 32 percent (1,439,700) of the population, up from 26 percent in 1993.
- The population aged 65 years and over (aged 65+) accounted for 14 percent (635,200) of the population, up from 11 percent in 1993.