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Analytical paper

Insights - Understanding the needs of children and youth at risk (AP 17/02)

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This paper accompanies the release of an online interactive tool called Insights (see Insights uses anonymous data from Statistics NZ's Integrated Data Infrastructure (IDI) and presents it in an accessible way, allowing users to visualise integrated government data at a detailed geographical level. This paper summarises the content of the different parts of the Insights tool, describes the approach taken, outlines high level findings, and illustrates how the tool can be used to develop insights at a local level.


The authors are grateful to Sylvia Dixon, who developed the initial youth transitions reporting, and to Danny Wu, Sam Caldwell, Shirley Wu, and Phil Shepherd from Harmonic Analytics Limited for their work on developing the Insights tool. Any remaining errors are the sole responsibility of the authors.


The views, opinions, findings, and conclusions or recommendations expressed in this report are strictly those of the author. They do not necessarily reflect the views of the New Zealand Treasury, Statistics New Zealand or the New Zealand Government. The New Zealand Treasury and the New Zealand Government take no responsibility for any errors or omissions in, or for the correctness of, the information contained in this Analytical Paper.

The results in this report are not official statistics, they have been created for research purposes from the Integrated Data Infrastructure (IDI) managed by Statistics New Zealand.

Access to the anonymised data used in this study was provided by Statistics NZ in accordance with security and confidentiality provisions of the Statistics Act 1975. Only people authorised by the Statistics Act 1975 are allowed to see data about a particular person, household, business or organisation and the results in this paper have been confidentialised to protect these groups from identification.

Careful consideration has been given to the privacy, security and confidentiality issues associated with using administrative and survey data in the IDI. Further detail can be found in the Privacy impact assessment for the Integrated Data Infrastructure available from

The results are based in part on tax data supplied by Inland Revenue to Statistics NZ under the Tax Administration Act 1994. This tax data must be used only for statistical purposes, and no individual information may be published or disclosed in any other form, or provided to Inland Revenue for administrative or regulatory purposes.

Any person who has had access to the unit-record data has certified that they have been shown, have read, and have understood section 81 of the Tax Administration Act 1994, which relates to secrecy. Any discussion of data limitations or weaknesses is in the context of using the IDI for statistical purposes, and is not related to the data's ability to support Inland Revenue's core operational requirements.

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