Dairy growth 1992 – 2012


Statistics NZ has analysed dairy exports and found they’ve  increased in both volume and price in the 20 years from 1992.

Compared with 20 years ago, the volume of dairy exports is four times as high while prices are 15 percent higher. Figure 1 shows this movement over time.

Dairy export prices rose rapidly between 1999 and 2001 (up 45 percent) but fell again in 2002 and 2003.

Dairy prices also showed a rapid increase in 2008, reflecting price spikes from a significant drought in the summer of 2007/08 and depreciation of the New Zealand dollar. The increase was also impacted by global dairy prices. These prices rose due to higher production costs, increased demand from emerging undeveloped markets, and natural disasters in some major dairy exporting countries.

Dairy prices rose almost 50 percent between 2007 and 2008. This increase in prices coincided with a fall in the volume of dairy exports (down 17 percent).

There has been a major change in markets:

Graph, Selected countries' share of dairy exports from NZ, 1992 and 2012

The number of cows has increased, but the volume of milk has grown more:

In 2012, we had 6.4 million dairy cattle, compared with 3.5 million in 1992. However, that increase is much smaller than the increase in dairy product volumes. Therefore, dairy farming has become more productive.

The increase in dairy cows has had an impact on sheep and beef cattle:

As dairy farming has become more profitable since the 1980s, relative to other land uses, dairy has displaced sheep and beef farming. The number of sheep fell to 31 million in 2012, from 53 million in 1992. There were 3.7 million beef cattle in 2012, compared with 4.7 million in 1992.

For a bigger view of the graphic below click here.


Why and where’s Waitaki grown?


Population projections for the Waitaki District have been gloomy for years.

The trend has been for fewer people and the average age of those left getting higher.

But yesterday’s announcement by Statistics New Zealand of electorate populations from this year’s census shows that the Waitaki Electorate’s population has increased from 60,135 to 64, 962.

The electorate includes not just the Waitaki District but most of Central Otago, all of Waimate and Mackenzie Districts, part of Queenstown Lakes and part of Timaru City.

QLDC was expected to increase in population because of Queenstown’s growth but that town is in neighbouring Clutha Southland electorate, not Waitaki.

Wanaka, which is in Waitaki, has grown but more than 3,000 extra people would almost have doubled its population which is unlikely.

There’s been a mini boom in grape growing in Central which will have brought more people into the area but again I’d be surprised if it’s thousands.

Both Waimate and Waitaki Districts have had a big increase in dairy farming which increases employment opportunities on and off farm.

Could it be that anecdotal evidence of a population increase, and a lowering of the average age, because of dairying is reflected in official statistics?

The answer to why Waitaki has grown and where will come when more census data is released.

Make census important for NZers


Statistics Minister Maurice Williamson says the census is important for all communities.

It is.

It’s just a pity that one of those communities – New Zealanders – is an afterthought in the ethnicity category.

The NZ Centre for Political Research has a poll asking people if New Zealander should be an option in the census.

Muriel Newman explains that a change in the ethnicity questions in the 1980s means that the number of Maori is exaggerated.

I don’t know if she is correct. My concern is that the current choices are discriminatory.

What message does having European New Zealander at the top of the list of choices and having to tick other send to people who consider themselves New Zealanders but happen to be of Maori, Pacific Island, Indian, Chinese, Malaysian, African . . . or any other descent?

If statisticians want to know about race, that is what the question should ask. If they really want to know about ethnicity then New Zealander ought to be an option.




Time to count Kiwis


The delivery of census forms starts today.

New Zealand is gearing up for the largest government-run activity this year, the Census on March 5th.

 Statistics Minister Maurice Williamson says more than 7,000 census collectors will from tomorrow start delivering census forms to every home.

 “Included with forms is an internet access code for people to complete them online, which is a secure, quick and easy option.

 “The Government has set 10 Better Public Services results, including, New Zealanders can complete their transactions with the Government easily in a digital environment. The 2013 Census is an example of how we are doing that by making it easy for people to take part in this important event online.”

 Statistics New Zealand expects more than two million census forms will be completed online on Census day.

“If everyone in a household completes forms online then the census collector will receive a text saying they don’t have to return that address to collect them,” Mr Williamson says.

Official census collectors will be wearing a yellow identification badge and carrying a blue census bag.

The 0800 CENSUS helpline is also ready to take calls from the public.

The census is designed to count us all, but count us as what?

It’s entered the 21st century with the ability for people to complete the forms online.

But it’s still stuck in the 20th century with the options under ethnicity.

Ethnicity is defined as  a measure of cultural affiliation, as opposed to race, ancestry, nationality or citizenship. 

An ethnic group is made up of people who have some or all of the following characteristics:

  • a common proper name 
  • one or more elements of common culture which need not be specified, but may include religion, customs, or language
  • unique community of interests, feelings, and actions
  •  a shared sense of common origins or ancestry 
  • a common geographic origin.

But the options given are are New Zealand European, Maori, Samoan, Cook Island Maori, Tongan, Niuean, Chinese, Indian, Other such as Dutch, Japanese, Tokelauan.

This suggests that people of Maori, Samoan, Cook Island Maori, Tongan, Niuean, Chinese, Indian and all sorts of other descent aren’t ethnic New Zealanders  which is divisive and does not reflect our multicultural society.

If it’s  ethnicity not race they’re measuring, why are the only people who count as Kiwis, European New Zealanders or those who choose New Zealander in the other category.

It is high time our statistics moved into the 21st century and gave New Zealander as a proper option rather than an afterthought.

If enough of us choose that option it might force a change for the next census.

Who’s the 4,444,444th NZer?


New Zealand’s population is estimated to reach 4,444,444 today according to Statistics New Zealand:

“While the new resident could be a New Zealander flying home after living overseas, or a new migrant, they’re most likely to be a new baby, as that’s where most of our population growth is coming from,” population statistics manager Andrea Blackburn said.

“And who knows? That new boy or girl might even be born at 4.44 in the morning.”

The symmetrical milestone matches one the Australian state of Queensland reached three years ago, and puts our population very close to that of Ireland or Croatia, Mrs Blackburn said.

“These types of landmarks are quite rare. Our population hit 3,333,333 in the mid-1980s and based on our projections, we probably won’t get to 5,555,555 for another 30 years.

“It will also pass quite quickly. The population is currently growing by roughly 100 people every day, so it will only be at 4,444,444 for about quarter of an hour.”

Mrs Blackburn said the population estimate is based on births, deaths, and migration since the census in 2006. At that time, the population was about 4.2 million.

Last year’s scheduled five-yearly census was postponed after the Christchurch earthquake in February. The next one is scheduled to take place on March 5th next year.

Stats stuttering


Sitemeter usually has a slightly more conservative total than other visit counters but the trend is usually the same.

But on Friday and yesterday it stuttered – no visits on the 27th and only 58 visits and 62 page views on the 28th?

Anyone else notice something similar on your blog?

This Month's Visits and Page Views

Death stats reflect aging population


The number of deaths registered in New Zealand last year passed 30,000 for the first time.

There were 30,080 deaths registered in the December 2011 year, an increase of 1,640 (6 percent) from the December 2010 year.

“The increase in deaths is not unexpected,” Population Statistics manager Andrea Blackburn said. “The number of deaths is gradually increasing due to population growth in the older age groups.”

Statistics NZ’s mid-range population projections indicate that deaths will continue to increase, and are expected to surpass 40,000 in 2029 and 50,000 in 2042.

While more of us are dying fewer are being born:

Meanwhile, births decreased in the December 2011 year. There were 61,400 live births registered in New Zealand in the December 2011 year, down 2,490 from the December 2010 year. Live births, combined with the deaths, resulted in a natural increase (live births minus deaths) of 31,320, down from 35,460 in the December 2010 year.

With the aging population and more people having fewer children and having them later, the trend for more deaths and smaller natural population increases will continue.

If we want a bigger population, faster, we’ll have to rely on immigration.

CPI changes reflect changing tastes and technology


Changes in taste and technology are reflected in the consumer price index which has been updated after Statistics New Zealand’s three yearly review of the goods and services in the CPI basket.

The CPI basket of representative goods and services was reselected to ensure it continues to reflect household spending patterns. As part of the latest review, goods added to the basket include tablet computers, external computer hard drives, e-books, and flatbread. Services added include alarm monitoring and delivery charges. Goods removed from the basket include unflued gas heaters, dictionaries, and envelopes.

The addition of tablets and e-books and removal of dictionaries and envelopes will be related.  An increase in electronic references, reading material and communication will have caused a decrease in the use of real books and snail mail.

Just before the survey ran, the economy emerged from a five-quarter recession. Consequently the 2011 CPI weights were affected by the economic situation at the time. There were decreases in the relative importance of the purchase of new housing, professional services associated with buying and selling houses, furniture, household appliances, and cars. The relative importance of food, rentals for housing, and electricity all increased.

Based on the household survey and other information, Statistics NZ estimates that of every $100 spent by households on goods and services covered by the CPI, $23.55 is spent on housing and household utilities, compared with $22.75 in 2008. This reflects increased spending on rent and higher electricity prices.

Food accounts for $18.79 of every $100 spent, compared with $17.83 in 2008. The increase reflects a 14 percent rise in food prices over the past three years.

Other groups declined in relative importance, including transport (down from $16.18 to $15.12 of every $100 spent), with lower spending on cars contributing to the fall.

The increase in the proportion of expenditure on food reflects a world-wide trend. It is good for the country when we produce so much but difficult for people on lower incomes.

Trade surplus in spite of high dollar


Statistics NZ reports the first July trade surplus in 30  20 years  and dairy products accounted for much of that:

The trade balance for the July 2011 month was a surplus of $129 million, or 3.5 percent of exports, Statistics New Zealand said today. “This is the first July surplus since 1991,” overseas trade manager Stuart Jones said. “It compares with an average July deficit of 18 percent of exports over the previous five years.”

The value of goods exported in July 2011 increased $166 million compared with July 2010, to reach $3.7 billion. The increase was led by milk powder, butter, and cheese exports, and crude oil.

The value of goods imported in July 2011 decreased $149 million compared with July 2010, to $3.6 billion, led by a fall in petroleum and products. Regular petrol and automotive diesel were down, and crude oil import quantities, which tend to be irregular, were significantly lower in July 2011.

The trend in the value of exports has increased 30 percent since its most recent low point in October 2009, and continues to reach new highs. The trend for import values is up 20 percent since the most recent low point in September 2009, but is still 9.9 percent below its overall peak in September 2008.

It is worth noting that the trade surplus happened in spite of the high dollar which makes exports more expensive and imports cheaper.

Seeking stats good and bad


Stats Chat is running a Stat of the Week competition with the chance to win an iTunes voucher:

  • Anyone may add a comment on this post to nominate their Stat of the Week candidate before midday Friday August 12 2011.
  • Statistics can be bad, exemplary or fascinating.
  • The statistic must be in the NZ media during the period of August 6-12 2011 inclusive.
  • Quote the statistic, when and where it was published and tell us why it should be our Stat of the Week.

Next Monday at midday we’ll announce the winner of this week’s Stat of the Week competition, and start a new one.

Follow the link above for the fine print.

Idealog reports that Stats Chat is run by Auckland University’s Department of Statistics.

“We’re looking for bad, exemplary or fascinating examples of statistics,” says blog coordinator Rachel Cunliffe.

Professor Thomas Lumley, a regular contributor, wants New Zealanders to be more aware of statistics and the role they play in the media.”

“We see numbers in the media every day and we want people to think carefully about them – what they actually mean and whether or not they make sense,” he says.

Those who adhere to the Stratford Theory of Numbers will know they often don’t make sense and will have no difficulty finding examples to prove it.

And in our spare time we . . .


Men and women work similar hours but men get paid for more of what they do.

That’s the unsurprising finding in Statistics New Zealand’s time use survey.

Data collected from two-day time use diaries showed how much time people spent sleeping, on childcare, working, watching television or video, eating, socialising, and on sports and hobbies. 

“This time use survey provides information to help assess New Zealanders’ standard of living. It adds to knowledge from other survey types, such as economic change indicators, to provide a wider view of our country’s progress and the well-being of its people,” Social and Population statistician Paul Brown said.

Men and women spent 6 hours and 44 minutes each day in 2009/10 on paid and unpaid work activities (productive activities). Productive activity includes work for pay (and commuting to work) as well as household work, child care, purchasing goods and services, and other unpaid work.

“However, while 63 percent of men’s work was paid, 65 percent of women’s work was unpaid,” Mr. Brown said. Women spent 4 hours and 20 minutes daily doing unpaid work in 2009/10, less than their 4 hours and 36 minutes in 1998/99, in the first time use survey. Mr Brown said spending 13 minutes less on household work was a key factor. Men spent 2 hours and 32 minutes a day on unpaid productive activity in 2009/10.

I wonder if doing less household work indicates increased efficiency, more sharing of duties with men or just lower standards?

“The only unpaid work activities where men spent more time than women were home maintenance and grounds maintenance.”

People aged 65 and over spent the most time on unpaid work, at 4 hours and 31 minutes a day. People aged 12 to 24 years spent 1 hour and 46 minutes on unpaid work activities, the lowest of all age groups.

Can we take heart from the acknowledgement that a lot of the unpaid work we do is regarded as productive?

I suspect that not too long ago it wouldn’t have been seen as such.

Them and us


Why do people who collect statistics and design survey forms consider race to be more important than any other factors which  define ethnicity?

This morning I completed a survey for Air New Zealand and was pleased that at last it’s possible to be a New Zealand of either Maori or European descent in answer to the question how would you describe your ethnic origin?

  New Zealander/ Kiwi/ New Zealander of European descent
  Maori/ New Zealander of Maori descent
  Pacific Islander
  Middle Eastern
  Eastern European
  Other Asian
  Or another ethnicity (please type in)

 But why can’t New Zealanders of Maori descent be Kwis and what about all the other people who happen to be descended from other races?

Why does having a Scottish father and maternal grandparents allow me to claim New Zealand ethnicity when having antecedents from the Pacific Islands, Asia and North or South America wouldn’t?

And if it’s ethnicity rather than race they’re interested in why European which covers a multitude of ethnicities?

New Zealander isn’t just nationality it’s an ethnicity which takes in all the things which unite us regardless of our race.

This is the 21st century and it’s time statisticians and survey designers caught up with the reality – race is only one aspect of ethnicity. Making it the prime determinant is excluding and inexact.

Census on hold


Statistics Minister Maurice Williamson and  and Government Statistician Geoff Bascand have announced that the census which was due to be held on March 8 has been called off.

The decision has been made after extensive consultation.

“This is not the time to go door to door asking New Zealanders for information when they’re dealing with the aftermath of the earthquake,” Mr Williamson said.

“It’s unthinkable that we would ask this of people. It would be an unfair burden and distraction at a time when they are grieving.”

There has been extensive damage to Statistics New Zealand buildings with significant impacts on census staff.

Mr Bascand said he acknowledges the decision will have consequences for people who use the census data in their work.

“We will now investigate the feasibility of alternative options,” Mr Bascand said.

This is a sensible decision but not one without consequences.

Among those will be the re-drawing of electorate boundaries which is carried out after each 6- 5 yearly census.

Weather influences food prices more than GST


The price of fruit and vegetables dropped 9.9% in November althought they were higher than a year ago.

Food prices fell 0.6 percent in the November 2010 month reflecting lower vegetable prices, Statistics New Zealand said today. This follows a 2.2 percent increase in October when food prices were affected by the rise in GST, and a 0.7 percent increase in September.
Vegetable prices fell 9.9 percent in November. “Lettuce, tomato, and broccoli prices fell in November, as they usually do. However, prices are much higher than this time last year, reflecting poor weather in September and October,” Statistics New Zealand prices manager Chris Pike said.
Grocery food prices were flat (up 0.1 percent) in November 2010. This follows a 1.7 percent rise in October, when about half the prices collected that were not affected by discounting rose 2.0 to 2.5 percent (reflecting the GST rise).
Restaurant meals and ready-to-eat food prices rose 0.6 percent in November 2010, following a 1.9 percent rise in October.

The important point is that poor weather in September and October was the biggest influence on the price rise of fresh fruit and vegetables.

Yet more proof of the futility of Labour’s policy to take GST off a small part of most people’s grocery purchases.

Let’s make New Zealander count


If Paul Henry’s implication that the Governor General didn’t look like a New Zealander was abhorrent, what do we think of the official view that only Maori or Pakeha/European New Zealanders are Kiwis?

An online survey I completed recently asked respondents to indicate their ethnicity. The options were:

New Zealand Maori, New Zealand Euorpean, Other European (including Australian), Cook Island Maori, Samoan, Fijian, Other Pacific Island, Chinese, Indian, Other Asian, Niuean, Tongan, Other ethnic group.

This notion that you’re only a New Zealander if you’re of Maori or European descent is common in surveys and official forms. Some don’t even consider Maori as New Zealanders. Anyone who put New Zealander as their ethnic group on a census was counted as European until 2006.

Before the last census was carried out it was announced that one of the options for ethnicity would be New Zealander and there it was  -right at the end after European, Maori, Asian, Other including MELLA (Middle Eastern, Latin American and African – Other (including New Zealander).

The notes on the census data explain:

New Zealander was introduced as a new response for the 2006 Census . . . for 2001 and previous Censuses “New Zealander” was counted with the “European” category.

That was the official view – only those of European descent could be New Zealanders. The new category is an improvement on that, but only just – New Zealander comes last.

So what is ethnicity? The  2006 census definition is:

‘Ethnicity’ is the ethnic group or groups that people identify with or feel they belong to. Ethnicity is a measure of cultural affiliation, as opposed to race, ancestry, nationality or citizenship. Ethnicity is self-perceived and people can belong to more than one ethnic group.

As opposed to race, ancestry, nationality or citizenship .” That’s pretty clear, so why is New Zealander, not the first option?

My cultural affiliation has nothing at all to do with my race – that’s just a genetic lottery which gives me blondish hair, fair skin and blue eyes. It does have a lot to do with my nationality but it’s much more than that. It’s not how I look and only partly where I was born. It’s much more about what makes me who I am and how I feel.

If the census wanted race then I’d answer European. But it’s not asking for race, it wants the ethnic group or groups that people identify with or feel they belong to and my first answer for that is New Zealander.  If pushed to be more specific I might add of Scottish descent but I’d never answer European.

Preparations are underway for next year’s census – which is going to give us the option of an on-line response –  but the government statistician has decided there will be no change to the ethnicity question:

A review of the official ethnicity statistical standard was initiated by Statistics NZ in 2008, after ‘New Zealander’ responses in the last census rose to 11.1 percent, from 2.4 percent in 2001. The scope of the review was wider than census but was used in conjunction with the census cognitive testing and research programme in decision-making for the 2011 Census. For more information about the research completed by the review and what this involved, see the Final Report of a Review of the Official Ethnicity Statistical Standard 2009.

In the review, most key users of census data stated that the format of the census ethnicity question should remain unchanged. They emphasised the importance of consistency in statistics across the Official Statistics System and the comparability of the ethnicity measure over time. These views reflect concerns that even a minor change in a questionnaire’s format can have unintended but significant impacts on responses and subsequent statistical outputs.
Some submissions to the review expressed a desire for greater visibility for ‘New Zealander’ responses. As with outputs from the 2006 Census, this will be done by having ‘New Zealander’ as a separate category (under ‘Other’) in several of the 2011 Census outputs. For an example of how ‘New Zealander’ responses in the 2006 Census were output, see QuickStats About a Place on the Statistics NZ website.

Statistics NZ will not be adding a ‘national identity’ question or related measure to the 2011 Census. Results from cognitive and other question testing for the 2011 Census indicates that the inclusion of a national identity question as a filter to the ethnicity question would have no notable effect on respondents’ approach to the latter, and would add little value in terms of producing output data that is fit-for-use.

I understand the need for consistency of categories so that people who use the stats collected can make comparisons, follow trends and make plans. But there is no point in consistency if it’s based on the false assumption that race dictates ethnicity, especially when the official explanation says:

An ethnic group is made up of people who have some or all of the following characteristics:

  • a common proper name 
  • one or more elements of common culture which need not be specified, but may include religion, customs, or language
  • unique community of interests, feelings, and actions
  •  a shared sense of common origins or ancestry 
  • a common geographic origin.

I doubt if European covers any of those.

Being a New Zealanders means those of us of many different races share elements of common culture, unique communities of interest, feelings and actions and a common geographic origin. Some of us will also have a shared sense of common origins or ancestry and proper name. All those things we share depend on where and how we live now not where our ancestors happened to come from. It’s not about how we look but how we feel.

The race-based bias to options for ethnicity, contradicts the the explanations of what it is. Problems because of that will only get worse as our country becomes more multi-cultural and those born here identify more with New Zealand than the countries and cultures of their parents, grand parents or great-grandparents.

How would you feel if you think you’re a New Zealander but official forms keep telling you you’re not?

It’s too late to change the options for next year’s census but we can encourage people to opt for New Zealander and campaign to ensure that New Zealander becomes the first choice on forms in the future.

The United States might not be a model for race relations but they have got one thing right – they may be a variety of Americans (Native, Afro, Jewish, Irish . . . ) but they are Americans. Australia also counts people as Australians while also acknowledging there may be different categories within that broad classification.

We are and should be counted as New Zealanders. If  counting what we have in common doesn’t work for the statiticians and planners, let them then filter for differences and determine if we’re Maori, Pakeha/European, Pacific, Asian . . .  New Zealanders but let New Zealander count.

Labour to take tax off weather


The Labour Party has announced a further plank in it’s economic policy – a proposal to take the tax off weather.

Party spokesperson Fairly Desperate made the announcement in response to the release of the September Food Index :

Fruit and vegetable prices rose 2.6 percent, with broccoli prices rising 49.5 percent and lettuce prices increasing 13.5 percent. “Vegetable prices were affected by unusually windy, wet, and cold September weather in different parts of the country,” Statistics New Zealand’s prices manager Chris Pike said.

 “Obviously the weather has a significant impact on the price of food and our policy to take the tax off it will make a huge difference,” Mr Desperate said.

When asked to quantify the cost and benefit of the policy Mr Desperate said that wasn’t the point.

“We don’t want to let figures get in the way of a good sound bite, but you can be sure that tax-free weather will be a winner with the people we’re trying to confuse in to voting for us.

“We’ll be the only party offering voters tax-free weather and that’s sure to resonate with people at the supermarket and ballot box.”

Remote control parenting


Is this what remote control parenting means?

. . . far more British children have a television in their bedroom than a biological father living at home throughout their childhood . . .

Theodore Dalrymple in It’s not ADHD, Sir, it’s in my genes

Stat time


August stats:

Posts: 208

Comments: 588ish (quick count).

 Statcounter: Total visits:  25, 013 unique visits: 18089.

Sitemeter:      Total visits: 24,010,  unique visits: 16220.


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  Page Loads Unique Visitors First Time Visitors Returning Visitors
Total 160,995 121,338 79,418 41,920
Average 17,888 13,482 8,824 4,658
Month Page Loads Unique Visitors First Time Visitors Returning Visitors
Sep 2010 398 287 192 95
Aug 2010 25,013 18,089 11,673 6,416
Jul 2010 24,036 16,836 10,814 6,022
Jun 2010 20,543 15,157 9,547 5,610
May 2010 19,351 14,886 9,489 5,397
Apr 2010 18,448 13,979 9,267 4,712
Mar 2010 19,844 15,715 10,782 4,933
Feb 2010 16,534 13,057 8,736 4,321
Jan 2010 16,828 13,332 8,918 4,414


This Year’s Visits and Page Views by Month

This Year's Visits and Page Views by Month

UPDATE: Open Parachute has the August blog rankings. If your blog isn’t one of the 214 ranked it might be because you need to have sitemeter with public access to stats.

July’s stats:


I started blogging in July 2008 but didn’t cotton on to external measures of blog stats until July that year (with sitemeter). I added Statcounter last year.

Stats for last month:

Statcounter Recorded 24,036 page loads and  16, 836 unique visitors of whom 10, 814 were first timers and 6,022 were returning visitors.

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  Page Loads Unique Visitors First Time Visitors Returning Visitors
Total 135,922 103,213 67,729 35,484
Average 16,990 12,902 8,466 4,436
Month Page Loads Unique Visitors First Time Visitors Returning Visitors
Aug 2010 338 251 176 75
Jul 2010 24,036 16,836 10,814 6,022
Jun 2010 20,543 15,157 9,547 5,610
May 2010 19,351 14,886 9,489 5,397
Apr 2010 18,448 13,979 9,267 4,712
Mar 2010 19,844 15,715 10,782 4,933
Feb 2010 16,534 13,057 8,736 4,321
Jan 2010 16,828 13,332 8,918 4,414


Sitemeter isn’t quite so generous: with 14,988 unique visitors and 22,570 total visits.
This Year's Visits and Page Views by Month

Posts: 218.

Comments: 591ish (rough count).

Thanks to all of you who pop in, especially to those who also leave comments. Even when I don’t agree with what you say I enjoy the interaction and appreciate that  you generally debate the  issues and rarely resort to  personal attacks.

Muchisimas gracias.

Would you pay $4,500 for a TV?


Four and a half thousand dollars for a television seems very expensive, but Statistics NZ looked back at prices to mark the 50th anniversary of television and found that’s the inflation adjusted figure from the 60s:

In February 1966, the average price of the 23-inch black and white television ‘consolette’ tracked in the CPI was about £131 pounds. Allowing for general inflation, that’s about $4,500 in today’s terms. . .

. . . Colour television broadcasts began in 1973, not long before the 1974 Commonwealth Games in Christchurch. In 1975, colour television sets were added to the CPI basket. In February 1975, black and white television sets cost about $350, and the 26-inch colour television set tracked in the CPI averaged about $840. In today’s terms, that’s equivalent to about $7,500, so buying a colour television set in 1975 would have been quite a stretch for many households. . .

. . .  In recent years, New Zealanders have been buying about 300,000 new television sets each year. In 2009, about three in four of these were LCD television sets.

Back in 2004, LCD television sets cost about $3,500 on average. In 2009, the average price was about $1,400 and they tended to have bigger screens and be of better quality, with higher picture resolutions and contrast ratios.

I can remember going to town on Friday night as a child and stopping to gaze at a television set playing in a shop window.

My family didn’t get a TV until I was at high school in the 1970s. My parents kept that original black and white set until my brother gave them a colour one more than a decade later.

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