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Changes to rent measurement in the CPI, Indicators Aotearoa New Zealand, Census update, Independent review of 2018 Census

In this update from the environmental reporting programme you’ll find information about the upcoming marine environment report; your views on environment reports; the Environmental Reporting Act; the Commissioner’s critique; and what’s coming up.

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July, 2019

A reminder that the new methodology for rental prices in the consumers price index (CPI) will replace the existing survey methodology from the June 2019 quarter onwards. The CPI June 2019 quarter will be published on Tuesday, 16 July 2019. 
The quarterly CPI rent movement for the June 2019 quarter will be based on the data that fed into the April, May, and June monthly rental price indexes.
We will not be revising the CPI due to the small impact the change will make on the overall CPI. This decision is in line with our policy of not revising the CPI unless there is a material impact on the series.

The Ngā Tūtohu Aotearoa – Indicators Aotearoa New Zealand was released on 27 June 2019.
The site has 109 wellbeing indicators, of which:

  • 51 have data available
  • 11 do not have an ideal data source so a proxy was used
  • 47 do not have a current data source

Email or call 0508 525 525 for more information.

We plan to release an update on the 2018 Census dataset to customers this month. This update will be released on the Stats NZ website, as well as the Census Advisory Newsletter. To subscribe to the Census Advisory Newsletter, please click here.

Findings from the Independent Review of the 2018 Census will be released in August. The report will cover how the 2018 Census performed against Stats NZ’s own expectations, its stated objectives, its key performance indicators, and against international best practice standards. The review team will report back to the Government Statistician, and the final report will be published on the Stats NZ website next month.

Household emissions of greenhouse gases increased 19.3 percent from 2007 to 2017, mainly due to rising emissions from road transport. In 2017, households accounted for 11 percent of total emissions (up from 9 percent in 2007), with the remaining 89 percent accounted for by industry.

Total emissions decreased just 0.9 percent over the 2007–17 period. In that time, industry emissions decreased 2.9 percent, but that was mostly offset by rising household emissions. Read more on the Environmental-economic accounts.
Emissions by country dashboard lets you compare greenhouse gas emissions by country and industry for 2007–17.
Emissions and the economy: Data to 2017 infographic is a visual representation of the amount of greenhouse gas emissions produced by industries and households and the contribution to GDP of industries.

One in three New Zealand households rent their homes and are less likely to be satisfied with their housing compared to home owners.
The General Social Survey 2018 asked New Zealanders a range of questions about their homes. Along with questions on a broad range of wellbeing measures, Kiwis were asked about their satisfaction with their housing, how affordable it was, and if they faced issues such as dampness and mould.
Our latest data showed nine out of 10 New Zealanders were satisfied with their housing, reporting that it was very suitable (44.3 percent) or suitable (45.0 percent).
Read more on the wellbeing statistics 2018.

A new framework for housing quality, released in June 2019, establishes a broad understanding of what is meant by ‘housing quality’ and will be useful across the New Zealand data system. The framework will support standardisation in the way information on housing quality is collected, which will benefit policymaking, research initiatives, and statistical outputs. Until now, there has been no agreed definition of housing quality, either nationally or internationally.
The new framework brings together and defines four interrelated elements of housing quality: housing habitability, housing functionality, environmental sustainability, and social and cultural sustainability. By taking a people-centred approach – incorporating things like cultural values and community connections, alongside physical considerations like design and construction – the framework provides a fuller picture of what ‘housing quality’ really means to New Zealanders.

We have published tables along with advice on the suitability of the latest population projections as an indication of future population change in the short and long term. These indications are based on the estimated population change since 2013, and do not currently include revisions from the new external migration estimates or 2018 Census of Population and Dwellings.
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