Wednesday, 25 November 2015

Try this: Regional activity report

Last week I wrote a post about tourism, that looked at data from the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment (MBIE)'s Regional Activity Report. This online data is a treasure-trove of summary statistics for all of the regions and territorial authorities.

If you scroll down you can also see how the regions and territorial authorities compare across eight sets of indicators:

  1. Social and Income - including household income, household income distribution, earnings by industry, deprivation index, and internet;
  2. Housing - including mean weekly rent, median house price, mean house value, and new dwellings;
  3. Workforce - including employment rate, labour force participation rate, NEET rate, unemployment rate, quarterly turnover rate, employment by industry, and employment by occupation;
  4. Education - including national standards achievement, and NCEA Level 2;
  5. Population - including population estimates, population projections, international migration, population by ethnicity, population by age group, and rural-urban proportions;
  6. Economic - including GDP per capita, GDP by industry, businesses by employees, new building consents, and new car registrations;
  7. Agriculture - including agricultural share of regional GDP, and area in farms; and
  8. Tourism - including guest nights per capita, accommodation occupancy rate, tourism spend, international guest nights, and international visits.
In most cases the data tracks changes over time as well, some of it back to 2001. 

While most of this data was already freely available (from Statistics New Zealand, mostly), having it all collected in a single place and in a very user friendly interface, makes it an excellent resource. Even better, you can easily download any of the data into CSV files to play with yourself.

I won't provide an example of what you can do with it. I'm sure you're all more than capable of playing with the data yourselves. Enjoy!

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