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Appendix: Territorial authority areas

Changes to the 2010 territorial authority area data

In this year’s report, there are 18 social report indicators at territorial authority area level, with the information provided in tables. Only three indicators could be updated: participation in early childhood education, school leavers with higher qualifications, and road casualties. Indicators not updated are those that rely on the five-yearly population census or surveys or events (such as local body elections) that are not repeated annually.

The following changes have been made:

Participation in early childhood education. The measure has been changed to prior participation in ECE by new school entrants (Year 1 students). This measure does not involve double counting and it aligns with the territorial authority area data by ethnic group available on the Ministry of Education’s Education Counts website:

Work-related injury claims. The social report indicator is a rate: the number of injury claims per 1,000 full-time equivalent employees. Estimates of full-time equivalent employees, based on the Household Labour Force Survey, are available at national and regional council area level but not at territorial authority area level. Therefore, the rate of work-related injury claims cannot be produced for territorial authority areas. Previous social reports have reported the number of claims but this practice has been discontinued because it does not align with the rates in the main report. Claims for work-related injuries by territorial authority area are available from Statistics New Zealand’s website, using the Table Builder facility;

Language retention. This indicator has been dropped from the regional social report because of inconsistency with the main social report, where outcomes are reported separately for selected ethnic groups with an established resident population in New Zealand, not for the sum of all people in such ethnic groups.

Drinking-water quality. This indicator has been deleted from the social report because of data limitations. Different levels of monitoring for different sizes of water supply make it difficult to interpret the data. This indicator is available in environmental monitoring reports published by other agencies. For the most recent Annual Review of Drinking-Water Quality in New Zealand, see the Ministry of Health’s website:

Road casualties. As the number of deaths in some territorial authority areas is small, death and injury data is combined into a single road casualty rate.

Changes in presentation

Territorial authority area tables now include indicator results for New Zealand for comparison.

A number of changes have been made to streamline the production of the regional social report without the loss of indicator information.

Regional and territorial authority area information on the social report website is presented by indicator for all regions, but it is not repackaged for each individual territorial authority area as in previous years.

The Social Report 2009 included a number of additional tables of census-based territorial authority area information which are still current but which have not been repeated in this year’s report. These tables can still be accessed from the website as the regional information for The Social Report 2009 will remain online.