Number of prosecutions under the Statistics Act 1975

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From: Liam Stoneley

Dear Statistics New Zealand,

Could you please provide me with the number of prosecutions, broken down by year, you have undertaken under the Statistics Act 1975 in recent history. Please provide this data as far back as your system allows but to at least 10 years back.

I am interested in particular in the size of the fine (are all fines at the maximum of $500 for an individual?).

Please differentiate Census prosecutions with normal statistics field worker refusals.

Also, please provide any reasons or guidelines to prosecution. If the case is that Statistics do not prosecute every refusal to participate, please give reasons or a document that guides Statistics in determining when to prosecute.

I am a New Zealand citizen, as required under s12(1) of the OIA 1982.

Yours faithfully,

Liam Stoneley

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Dear Mr Stoneley,

 

On behalf of Statistics New Zealand, I acknowledge receipt of your email
of 9 January 2015, requesting the following information:

 

§  the number of prosecutions actioned under the Statistics Act 1975,
broken down by year and size of the fine, with census and other
prosecutions reported separately

§  a copy of Statistics New Zealand’s prosecution policy.

 

Your request will be responded to under the provisions of the Official
Information Act 1982.

 

Yours sincerely,

 

Sean

 

Sean Broughton |

Private Secretary (Statistics) |

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From: Liam Stoneley <[1][OIA #2380 email]>
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Date: 09/01/2015 06:30 PM
Subject: Official Information Act request - Number of prosecutions under
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Dear Statistics New Zealand,

Could you please provide me with the number of prosecutions, broken down
by year, you have undertaken under the Statistics Act 1975 in recent
history. Please provide this data as far back as your system allows but to
at least 10 years back.

I am interested in particular in the size of the fine (are all fines at
the maximum of $500 for an individual?).

Please differentiate Census prosecutions with normal statistics field
worker refusals.

Also, please provide any reasons or guidelines to prosecution. If the case
is that Statistics do not prosecute every refusal to participate, please
give reasons or a document that guides Statistics in determining when to
prosecute.

I am a New Zealand citizen, as required under s12(1) of the OIA 1982.

Yours faithfully,

Liam Stoneley

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Dear Mr Stoneley,

 

In your email of 9 January 2015 you requested, under the Official
Information Act 1982, the following information:

 

+ the number of prosecutions, broken down by year, Statistics New
Zealand has undertaken under the Statistics Act 1975 in recent history
+ the size of any related fines
+ any reasons or guidelines to prosecution including reasons or a
document that guides Statistics New Zealand in determining when to
prosecute.

 

All prosecutions under the Statistics Act 1975 taken in recent history
(the last 15 years) have been related to a census.

 

No prosecutions were conducted in relation to the 2001 Census.

 

For the 2006 Census, 72 cases were filed in the District Courts, 43 of
which resulted in convictions. 37 of these convictions resulted in fines –
see the schedule below. The remaining 6 cases resulted in convictions and
discharges, with no fines imposed.

 

2006 Census schedule of fines:

 

Amount $50 $80 $100 $150 $200 $250 $300 $500 Total
Number 1 1 6 5 8 5 6 5 37

 

For the 2013 Census, 99 cases were filed in the District Courts, 46 of
which resulted in convictions. 37 of these convictions resulted in fines –
see the schedule below. The remaining 9 cases resulted in convictions and
discharges, with no fines imposed.

 

2013 Census schedule of fines:

 

Amount $50 $80 $100 $150 $200 $250 $300 $500 Total
Number 2 1 10 8 11 2 1 2 37

 

Statistics New Zealand’s Prosecution policy can be found online at –
[1]http://tinyurl.com/mxyg89e. The Policy includes a section which sets
out criteria for the selection of cases which are taken forward for
prosecution.

 

I trust this information meets your needs.

 

Yours sincerely,

 

Colin Marshall

Acting Director, Office of the Government Statistician and Chief Executive

 

 

 

 

Colin Marshall   |   Senior Media Advisor

Statistics New Zealand   |   Statistics House, The Boulevard, Harbour
Quays   |   PO Box 2922, Wellington 6140

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From: Liam Stoneley <[3][OIA #2380 email]>
To: OIA requests at Statistics New Zealand <[4][Statistics New Zealand request email]>
Date: 09/01/2015 06:30 PM
Subject: Official Information Act request - Number of prosecutions under
the Statistics Act 1975

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Dear Statistics New Zealand,

Could you please provide me with the number of prosecutions, broken down
by year, you have undertaken under the Statistics Act 1975 in recent
history. Please provide this data as far back as your system allows but to
at least 10 years back.

I am interested in particular in the size of the fine (are all fines at
the maximum of $500 for an individual?).

Please differentiate Census prosecutions with normal statistics field
worker refusals.

Also, please provide any reasons or guidelines to prosecution. If the case
is that Statistics do not prosecute every refusal to participate, please
give reasons or a document that guides Statistics in determining when to
prosecute.

I am a New Zealand citizen, as required under s12(1) of the OIA 1982.

Yours faithfully,

Liam Stoneley

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