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Data and Statistics Bill

Introduced on Oct 11. The Bill repeals the Statistics Act 1975 following a review of statistics legislation. First reading Nov 9 sent to the Governance and Administration Committee with the support of all parties. Reported back on May 9 with a large number of changes. The select committee process was dominated by submissions from a wide range of notable people and organisations regarding concerns about privacy issues and Statistics NZ’s powers to collect and store information from a range of sources without those who originally providing the data knowing its end use.  The committee made a number of changes acknowledging these concerns but the thrust of the bill remains intact. Second reading completed on May 17 with all parties in favour. Committee stage completed on July 27. Third reading Aug 2 with Act and Te Paati Māori opposed.  Data and Statistics Bill