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Cultural Indicators for New Zealand

Ministry for Culture and Heritage, Wellington, 2006, 54 pp., $40, ISBN 0-7478-26972-2

The report Cultural Indicators for New Zealand is part of the Cultural Statistics Programme jointly operated by Statistics New Zealand and the Ministry for Culture and Heritage. It was identified as a priority within the framework of the Cultural Statistics Programme established in 1993 and presents indicators within five theme areas, which broadly reflect key goals for the New Zealand cultural sector and those involved in it. Theme areas include engagement; cultural identity; diversity; social cohesion; and economic development. Six indicators have been identified within the theme area of engagement and these concern cultural employment; employment in creative occupations; median incomes from creative occupations; cultural participation; barriers to cultural experiences; and household spending on cultural items.

Cultural identity indicators focus on speakers of te reo Maori; local content on television; and Maori TV ratings while those within the thematic area of diversity concern grants to minority ethnic cultural groups; and attendance/participation at/in ethnic cultural activities.

No indicators for the social cohesion theme are populated at present, although three have been identified for future development when information is available: non-Maori attendance at Maori cultural events; other ethnicities attendance; and community cultural experiences.

As far as it concerns economic development, three indicators are income of the cultural industries; value-added contributed by the creative industries; and the creative industries' proportion of total industry value added.

The report identifies areas where more information is needed. In the next few years, it is likely that data will be collected to populate some areas highlighted for further development, and new indicators may be introduced as priorities change.

As a result of a long period of development, this report is an important contribution to making information about the cultural sector more accessible to the public.

To find out more or to obtain the report, please contact: Statistics New Zealand's Information Centre, PO Box 2922, Wellington, New Zealand; tel.: +64 4 931 4600; fax: +64 4 931 4610; e-mail: info@stats.govt.nz; www.stats.govt.nz