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Information and communications regarding the development of census questions covering the LGBT community and the decision not to include these questions in the 2018 census.

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From: A. Tait

Dear Statistics New Zealand,

I would like to request a range of documents under the OIA regarding the development of census questions covering the LGBT community and the decision not to include these topics on the 2018 census.

Firstly, any documents regarding the development of census questions covering sexuality or gender identity.

Secondly, any documents regarding the decision not to include said questions in the 2018 census.

Finally, any communications (eg emails, memos, discussion papers etc) between the executive leadership team, including those with other Statistics NZ staff, Government Ministers and other government departments regarding the development of said questions or the decision not to include said questions in the 2018 census.

Yours faithfully,

A. Tait

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From: Jarrod Williams
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Good morning,

 

I am writing to acknowledge receipt of your official information request
dated 14 January 2018 for information and communications regarding the
development of census questions covering the LGBT community and the
decision not to include these questions in the 2018 census.

 

We received your request on 8 January 2018. We will endeavour to respond
to your request as soon as possible and in any event no later than 13
February 2018, being 20 working days after the day your request was
received. If we are unable to respond to your request by then, we will
notify you of an extension of that timeframe.

 

Your request is being handled by myself, Jarrod Williams, in the Office of
the Government Statistician and Chief Executive. If you have any queries,
please feel free to contact me using the details in the signature below.
If any additional factors come to light which are relevant to your
request, please do not hesitate to contact us so that these can be taken
into account.

 

Nâku iti noa, nâ,

 

Jarrod Williams
Advisor – Office of the Government Statistician and Chief Executive |
Kaiwhakamaherehere – Tari o te Kaitatau a te Kâwanatanga me te Tumuaki
Stats NZ Tatauranga Aotearoa
DDI +64 4 931 4943 | +64 21 731 316 | [1]stats.govt.nz

 

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Attachment OIA0029 Tait Census questions covering the LGBT community response.pdf
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Good afternoon,

 

Please find attached the response to your Official Information Act request
dated 14 January 2018.

 

This is email 1 of 2 – our email filter prevented me sending it all in one
go. Apologies for this.

 

Nāku iti noa, nā,

 

Jarrod Williams
Advisor – Office of the Government Statistician and Chief Executive |
Kaiwhakamaherehere – Tari o te Kaitatau a te Kāwanatanga me te Tumuaki
Stats NZ Tatauranga Aotearoa
DDI +64 4 931 4943 | +64 21 731 316 | [1]stats.govt.nz

 

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Good afternoon,

 

This is email 2 of 2, containing the remaining part of the response to
your request.

 

Nāku iti noa, nā,

 

Jarrod Williams
Advisor – Office of the Government Statistician and Chief Executive |
Kaiwhakamaherehere – Tari o te Kaitatau a te Kāwanatanga me te Tumuaki
Stats NZ Tatauranga Aotearoa
DDI +64 4 931 4943 | +64 21 731 316 | [1]stats.govt.nz

 

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From: Jarrod Williams
Sent: Monday, 12 February 2018 3:17 PM
To: '[FOI #7115 email]'
<[FOI #7115 email]>
Subject: RE: Official Information request - Information and communications
regarding the development of census questions covering the LGBT community
and the decision not to include these questions in the 2018 census.

 

Good afternoon,

 

Please find attached the response to your Official Information Act request
dated 14 January 2018.

 

Apologies for the ZIP file, there are a number of PDF documents that form
the bulk of the response, and this was the best way to send them through.

 

Nāku iti noa, nā,

 

Jarrod Williams
Advisor – Office of the Government Statistician and Chief Executive |
Kaiwhakamaherehere – Tari o te Kaitatau a te Kāwanatanga me te Tumuaki
Stats NZ Tatauranga Aotearoa
DDI +64 4 931 4943 | +64 21 731 316 | [5]stats.govt.nz

 

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From: A. Tait

Dear Jarrod Williams,

Thank you for your reply.

I note that document OIA0029 Methods paper.pdf lays out a scoring method used to assess potential changes.

I believe that the documents scoring the questions covering the sexuality and gender identity questions would also be covered by my request, as they are documents regarding the decision not to include said questions in the 2018 census.

Yours sincerely,

A. Tait

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Good morning,

 

Thanks you for your email. I’ve followed up with the team responsible, and
will come back to you as soon as I can.

 

Apologies for this.

 

Nāku iti noa, nā,

 

Jarrod Williams
Advisor – Office of the Government Statistician and Chief Executive |
Kaiwhakamaherehere – Tari o te Kaitatau a te Kāwanatanga me te Tumuaki
Stats NZ Tatauranga Aotearoa
DDI +64 4 931 4943 | +64 21 731 316 | [1]stats.govt.nz

 

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P. Lamborn left an annotation ()

It should be noted (mostly by Stats NZ) that the redactions of specific numbers in the "OIA0029 Content Analysis of the April 2017 Census Test data.pdf" document are circumventable.

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Nigel Jones left an annotation ()

(Admin note:) There was another redaction error with Stats NZ's response so we've hidden their second version and giving them an opportunity to replace it again.

For timeliness tracking, the first version was sent on Feb 13, 2018, the second version April 4, 2019 (the same day we hid the Feb 13 response, although not available here until two-three days ago due to a software issue on our end).

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Good morning,

 

We have been notified that the February 2018 response to your follow-up
query contained a number of faulty redactions. In early April 2019 we
attempted to fix these faulty redactions; however the issue was not
rectified. This email provides these documents again with no redaction
issues.

 

Apologies for any inconvenience this may have caused.

 

Jarrod Williams
Senior Advisor – Office of the Government Statistician and Chief Executive
| Kaiwhakamaherehere Matua – Tari o te Kaitatau a te Kâwanatanga me te
Tumuaki
Stats NZ Tatauranga Aotearoa
DDI +64 4 931 4943 | +64 21 731 316 | [1]stats.govt.nz

Unleashing
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From: Jarrod Williams
Sent: Thursday, 4 April 2019 4:17 PM
To: [FOI #7115 email]
Subject:

 

Good morning,

 

I have followed up on your email, and again I must offer my sincere
apologies. Three documents were missed during the final collation process,
which are now attached to this email. Included in these are the papers
regarding the scoring as mentioned in your email last night.

 

These three documents should have always been included in our response,
and we apologise for this oversight.

 

Nâku iti noa, nâ,

 

Jarrod Williams
Senior Advisor – Office of the Government Statistician and Chief Executive
| Kaiwhakamaherehere Matua – Tari o te Kaitatau a te Kâwanatanga me te
Tumuaki
Stats NZ Tatauranga Aotearoa
DDI +64 4 931 4943 | +64 21 731 316 | [5]stats.govt.nz

Unleashing
the power of data to change lives

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